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Appellations Celler Bàrbara Forés

Definition Celler Bàrbara Forés

Pioneers of Terra Alta, a small denomination of the Catalonian hinterland, South of the Ebro river.

Mari-Carme Ferrer gave a new life to White Grenache and Red Morenillo.

Terra Alta at its best.

History Celler Bàrbara Forés

In choosing the name of this small estate, its owners Maria Carme Ferrer and Manuel Sanmartín paid tribute to their great-great-grandmother (born in 1828), who taught her son Rafael how to make wine.

In 1889, he started to build a small cellar in the very buildings where the wine is still made today. Right from the start, the wine was estate bottled – a rarity in those times.

Maria Carme has always had a deep respect for this family heritage, but also the ambition to improve on what her forefathers transmitted to her.

The local tradition of the Terra Alta (the southernmost part of Catalonia) was to produce a sweet rancio wine from White Grenache. This explains why this grape is still the most common in the area.

But the Bàrbara Forés estate was at the origin of a great renewal (or change of direction) in this DO.

As a professor in œnology, Maria Carme saw a larger potential for White Grenache.

In the end of the 80’s, she started to bring her old vines into order and planted new varieties.

The result was the first white Bàrbara Forés, at the beginning of the 90’s. Then, in 1996, a great red wine came along.

More recently, Maria Carme rehabilitated an old and long forgotten grape, the Morenillo, which she uses for her Templari.

Although the estate has acquired some new blocks of vines, it still is one of the smallest on our catalogue.

Bàrbara Forés still makes wine in her grandfather’s house, in the heart of Gandesa.

Varieties

The main grape here is still White Grenache – even if it is becoming scarce elsewhere. This variety has a great aromatic potential and gives wines a lot of body and alcohol.

Bàrbara Forés has 23 hectares of vineyard in total, of which a little more than 8 hectares is of Grenache blanc old vines (more than 50 years old).

These are used to make dry whites and sweet wines as well. Another white grape present on the estate is Viognier (0.39 hectare).

In red, the most plated variety is Grenache noir (a little more than 4 hectares). Then come Carignan (4 hectares), Syrah (3.5 hectares), Morenillo (1.5 hectare) and a few rows of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

All vines have been organically farmed since 2008.

Terroir

Terra Alta is a Mediterranean area, between 350 and 600 meter above sea level.

White Grenache grows on sedimentary loess sands (silica mingled with limestone). These light soils are brought by the winds.

The red grapes also grow on loess, but the valley soils where they stand contain more gravel.

The Morenillo is planted on the heights of the Sierra de Pàndols, on rocky calcareous soils called “piynó”; some areas have more clay and silt (the “tapás”).

The whole region is located in between two old mountains that protect it. But these mountains are indented by the Rio Ebro. And through this blows the “garbí”, the humid wind coming from the sea.

Terra Alta enjoys a generous sunshine and limited rainfall (less than 500 litres per year). All vineyards are subject to the garbí, but also to the “cierzo”, a dry, cold wind coming from the hinterland.

Winemaking

“El Blanc” is submitted to a light skin-contact maceration, then it spends some time in stainless steel tanks on its lees.

The top white cuvée, “El Quintà”, is fermented in 300 and 500 litre Allier oak barrels; it stays on its lees for 6 months.

The reds are fermented in stainless steel tanks; then they age in 300 and 400 litre Allier oak barrels for 12 to 16 months.

Last but not least, there is the “Dolç”, a naturally sweet wine.

Its grapes are harvested overripe; then they are fermented and aged in barrels for 16 months.

Celler Bàrbara Forés - Spanish wines
Celler Bàrbara Forés - Spanish wines
Celler Bàrbara Forés - Spanish wines
Celler Bàrbara Forés - Spanish wines
Celler Bàrbara Forés - Spanish wines

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