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Celler de Capçanes, Spain

In a little village nestled in the dramatic rugged hills of the Catalan countryside is Celler de Capcanes. It was into this wild landscape that Jurgen Wagner walked, in the mid-1990s and never left. Entranced by what he found and the potential at the co-operative, he had no option but to stay.

Over the last 25 years he has breathed energy into this venerable operation, instilling pride in the natural wealth that is their vineyards. The potential of the diverse terroirs in these vineyards is captured and expressed so clearly in the delicious Garnachas and blends that Anna Rovira, the winemaker, and Jurgen together conjure up. As an example of how excitement, focus and dynamism can be bred into a co-operative born in the early 20th Century, Capcanes shines.

Viticulture

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. Nowadays over 50% of the vineyards are organic while around 90ha have been certified.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • 40 ha vines certified as organic.
  • 20 years experience of "Lo Mebushal" kosher winemaking - OU,KF, Katz certified
  • There are 15 plots of old bush vines that go into the production of Cabrida. These range from 85-105 years old and are planted on slopes and old.