Ricard Rofes: Embracing the past to preserve the future

The Carthusian monks who settled at the base of the Montsant mountains in 1194, establishing the village and monastery that is now known as Escaladei, were certainly onto something. The name Scala Dei, which means “Ladder of God”, denotes the special place... read more

Abadal – making wine since 1199

As Paul and I drove into the estate of Masia Roqueta in Santa Maria d’Horta d’Avinyó, just outside of Manresa in DO Pla de Bages, we both looked at each in disbelief at the sheer beauty of unexpected forests mingling with vineyards leading up to the masia itself, a... read more

10 Favourite Barrel Rooms in Catalunya

There are three types of photographs which seem to be the most popular with my fans on Instagram, and it goes like this: Grape closeups, vineyard shots, barrel room photos, and then others of varying degrees. Of the three, though, barrel rooms are the one place that... read more

Ex Vite Vita through generations at Llopart

  Bernardus Leopardi was granted vineyards located in what is now the Llopart de Subirats estate, located just outside the cava centre of the world, Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. So when did this occur? Based on my past experiences here in Catalunya, I’d... read more

Vibrance and tradition at Mas Vicenç

  The Ferré family has been in viticulture since 1953, when Vicenç Ferré purchased the estate in Alt Camp at the north end of DO Tarragona, a mere 25 kilometres from the famous Poblet Monastery, but something happened in 2005 to expand the family’s... read more

Lunch, dinner, wine & dancing at Voraz

There are some places that immediately feel like home. As the French say, Je ne sais quoi. You can’t put your finger on it, but you just know. Born Voraz, in the heart of El Born is such a place. The restaurant is located in renovated Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona,... read more

Cool Wine Doings: Classic Car Rally at Terra Remota

We were invited up to DO Emporda to check out La Nuit des Longs Capots, a car rally organised by the Perpignan Classic Car Association. Let’s just say the combination of classic cars, classic wine, and classic Catalan cuisine made for a fantastic day. Winery... read more

Wine & Conversation #4 English Radio BCN

                 Date: April 21st, 2016 Price: 25€ Time: 20:00 until 22:00 Address: Poblenou, Carrer Badajoz (address given at registration) What’s included: Taste 6 wines (3 Llopart & 3 Mas Vicenç) and enjoy some tapas pairings prepared by chef Joel Serra Bevin.... read more