A good teacher is the one who guides you to grow beyond yourself. That this can also succeed in wine is impressively proven by the Spanish flagship winery Perelada. Because this claim is precisely part of the wine philosophy of the traditional house, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year: "A wine must distinguish itself through its own personality and have the ability to grow beyond itself and inspire," is the credo of the Suqué Mateu family, which has been cultivating sustainable vines near Figueres, about 180 kilometres from Barcelona, since 1923. This place is not only known as the birthplace and place of work of Salvador Dalí. It is also the gateway to the fertile hinterland of the Costa Brava, the Empordà. A plain whose wine culture can be traced back to the 14th century, when the Carmelite monks of the Convent del Carme produced wine to supply the entire region. This heritage was revived by the businessman Miquel Mateu Pla, founder of Perelada. Thanks to his efforts and those of now three generations of the Suqué Mateu family in planting and acquiring vineyards in the best locations in the region, collaborating with prestigious oenologists and constantly investing in development and research, the winery is now considered not only a benchmark in terms of quality, character, elegance and sustainability - but also a starting point to enable Empordà, the oldest wine region in the Iberian Peninsula, to make a spectacular recovery.
"Our aim is to reflect the personality of the terroir in our wines and to convey this richness and its nuances in every bottle," explains the Suqué Mateu family. To do justice to this, the construction of a new winery was an important step. It was designed and built in collaboration with the architectural firm RCR (winner of the 2017 Pritzker Prize) to fully exploit the potential of the Empordà soils and produce great wine. This resulted in the first winery in Europe to be awarded the highest rating for sustainable construction, the LEED GOLD certificate - a flagship in eco-efficiency and environmental design. This project is considered one of the most interesting in the European wine community of the last decade, based at the same time on landscape architecture, integration into the territory and exemplary wine tourism. In this way, the winery itself represents the great importance of sustainability for the organic-certified winery.
On slate, gravel and clay soils, Perelada's grapes ripen under the best climatic and geological conditions; the vineyard terraces are partly located directly on the Mediterranean Sea. The harvest is received in the new winery under the watchful eye of cellar master Delfí Sanahuja. The architectural masterpiece has 188 tanks of different sizes, which allow the different parcels to be processed separately in order to optimally promote the personality and authenticity of the wines. The winery also combines the artisanal component in the care and selection of the grapes with various technological achievements. All of this is done for the ambition of creating wines that have the potential to ultimately surpass themselves time and time again.
We cordially invite you to taste this great winery with 2019 Tinto Crianza 5 Finques in April at our wein.plus:club online tastings. Places available for wine professionals and private wine fans are very limited.
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