Vins el Cep Sant Sadurní d'Anoia
Wines El Cep
With a long tradition of winemakers since 1448, the four families that are part of the El Cep Wines project have shared, paradoxically, continuously for five centuries, a landscape of vineyards that together have calligraphy with respect to the place.
In this way, with authenticity and with an imaginary force that is perceived in their stories, they have fought to safeguard their vineyards with the idea of building a unique wine, one that represents a special place that the invasion of industrialization wants to destroy.
The ties of four families decided to join in 1980 to elaborate their cavas together, joining with them their four places: Can Prats, (Carreras family) and Can Simon (Esteve family) to San Lorenzo; Can Castaño (Masana family) and Can Miquel de les Planes (Parera family) in Gelida.
Wines the Cep works the vineyard in the privileged area of Espiells
An important area of vineyards that few wineries have. Its location in the northeast area of the Penedès (subzone Costers del Anoia). Maite Esteve, current director and member of one of the founding families : "Nowadays being a wine grower is something" cool ", it is fashionable but before it was a farmer thing, of the hectares that we use we use only a part of the grape that we cultivate to make our cellars and wines, the rest is sold to other producers in the area. "
It is one of the few wineries in Penedès that completely control the three phases of a winery: being wine growers, processors and merchants. The whole process of work in the vineyard, through the preparation of the cava, throwing, making of foam and aging in all phases, everything is done in winery located in Can Llopart de las Encinas, in the middle of the vineyards, in the municipality of Sant Sadurní d'Anoia. Of the 235 wineries registered in the DO Cava they have their own definition: "small among the big and big among the small ones".
It was one of the first wineries to work in organic farming and pioneers in biodynamic viticulture El Penedès in 2003. They decided to develop an R & D program in collaboration with the School of Viticulture of Espiells and the Department of Agriculture of the Generalitat. Maite Esteve: "... when almost no one was thinking about making a biodynamic cava, we started with the 2006 vintage to make our Claror cava, a cava from the Can Prats site".
Claror is a "Qualified Wine Cellar"
In reference to the new category of cavas of maximum level of prestige that was granted in September of 2017 by the Ministry of Agriculture to certain specific Sites.
Under the umbrella Vinos El Cep elaborate (under the DO Cava) the following cavas: Claridad (first cellar of biodynamic agriculture), MIM Nature (two years in a row the best ecological reserve of the Vinaròs Awards), Marqués de Gelida (more traditional cavas of long aging), el Encinar (young and fresh cellar), and as for wines (under the DO Penedès): Clot del Roure (Xarel·lo biodynamic) and the ecological GR5 Xarel·lo Trails and GR5 Black Trails. Also a range that has just brought to the market: Ot wines of payment in their red, pink and white versions from a single vineyard.
A wide portfolio of wines related from the beginning to a territory, which refer to Alt Penedès as a common space for all of them. Each one represents the variations of the territory with the philosophy of working conscientiously in the ecological viticulture with ancestral methods, arriving one day, to work all the vineyards in biodynamics. A type of viticulture, which summarizing a lot and with the permission of the experts, would be an extreme step of ecological viticulture. Maximum expression of the earth, seeking the equilibrium of the ecosystem, the biological diversity and the recovery of the bacterial activity of the soil.
Nowadays, in a simulated and insubstantial world that no longer surprises, and where everything is cardboard, it is a privilege to meet families who celebrate continuity and wines with an infinite number of values. Because there is a dimension, beyond wine as a cultural drink extracted from the bowels of a territory, that connects you with whoever does it. And this is the dimension that interests us.