A little village of 400 people hidden in the
hills of Catalan countryside inland from Tarragona exists mostly
for its co-operative.
Growing olives, a little cereal but mostly grapes with around
220 hectares of vineyard Capçanes, alone in the Montsant DO almost
certainly has more old vine Garnacha than the whole of Priorato.
Lauded some years ago by the International Herald Tribune as one of
the best co-ops in the world Capçanes was at the forefront of the
movement to revitalise the wine production and economy of the
There are around 70 families involved in the co-op and the
management take their wellbeing to heart. They have run educational
programs to convince the growers to cultivate organically, more to
persuade the growers to minimize the risks they run while
handling potentially dangerous chemicals as much as to
preserve the environment. Nowadays over 50% of the vineyards
are organic while around 90 HAs have been certified.
Working with Garnacha predominantly but with vineyards of Samso
(Cariñena) Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot
Noir, Macabeo and Garnacha Blanca scattered over sites on the hills
that rise up around the village giving altitudes ranging from
around 250 to 550 metres.