TERROIR : Clay DO Penedès 300 m in altitude Organic and biodynamic
VINIFICATION : Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast at controlled temperatures
In the alt Penedes, on the southern slopes of Montserrat, sits Castell d’Age - A winery tied to three generations of women. The cellar sits in an 18th century farmhouse in the small village of La Beguda Baixa. Olivia Junyent at its reins, organic viticulture and a love of tradition in the cellar, the winery has been a force for good in the region (introducing organic farming, and currently biodynamic certified). Recently, Sondre Lerche, a musician from Bergen, Norway, fell for these wines and had the opportunity to band together and create a project of totally tasty, everything-you-crave-in-a-glass, line of wines. The project, a team-up of Olivia and Sondre, is named ‘Patos.’
“Part of our work involves knowing how to choose the most suitable soil for each grape variety. As for the hours of sunlight and amount of rain, the Mediterranean climate takes care of that.” The soil is fertilized with bovine compost from the estate and spontaneous growth of vegetation is encouraged. The Junyent family was already producing excellent grapes in the middle of the 20th Century. Our grandfather, Josep Maria Junyent, was the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon in the Penedès, to celebrate the birth of his first grandchild.