The Vineyards 2019-03-22T17:44:19+00:00

OUR PLOTS

Marco Abella actually owns 30 hectares of vineyards in Porrera based in the two indigenous varietals – cariñena and garnacha. They are divided in 6 different plots: El Perer, La Mina, Solanes, La Mallola, Masos d’en Ferran and La Creu. Vineyards are managed employing the last practices in organic and biodynamic farming. 90% of our plants are cainyena and garnatxa. The rest is Cabernet Sauvignon (8%) and Merlot (2%) and white varieties such as Garnacha blanca, viognier, macabeu and a little bit of Pedro Ximenes.

All  our  vineyards are situated between 500 and 650 meters above sea level and have different kinds of slate (llicorella). Roots can penetrate down to 50-70 metres looking for water. This microclimates of our plots lend to our wines’ characteristic freshness, finesse and elegance with hints of black and red fruits, flowers and subtle mineral touches.

EL PERER

We have mainly carboniferous slate (350 million of years) named « saldó » in local language in « El Perer » plot. The minerality is very present in the wines that come from this plot such as “El Perer” or “Clos Abella”, both based on the carignan variety. El Perer plot is mainly west oriented but its uneven orography allow us to have other different exposures like northwest and southwest orientation. Due to the sun exposure of the plot, freshness and floral notes are found in wines  that come from this plot.

VARIETY: CARIGNAN, GARNACHA and CABERNET SAUVIGNON

PLANTING YEAR: between 1936 and 2001

ORIENTATION: NORTHWEST

ELEVATION: between 450 and 550 meters above sea level

LA MALLOLA

La Mallola plot soil is very rich in carboniferous laminated slate. The plot is south oriented. The high elevation (650-700 metres) of the plot allows the “Llevant” wind of the Mediterranean see leave the morning dew. Maturity of grapes arrives slowly. Mas Mallola and single vineyard wines Roca Grisa and Roca Roja come from this plot. Mature fruits, salt and mineral aromas, good balance and long finish are founded in the wines that come from this plot.

VARIETY: GARNACHA and CARIGNAN

PLANTING YEAR: 1996

ORIENTATION: SOUTH and SOUTHWEST

ELEVATION: between 530 and 680 meters above sea level

LA MINA

La Mina plot soil is rich in oxidated slate. The reason of its name is the existence of a small abandoned iron mine of the 19th century. Grapes of this plot bring aromas of red and black fruits and very special minerality to our wines.

VARIETY: Cariñena and Cabernet Sauvignon

PLANTING YEAR: 1936

ORIENTATION: NORTHWEST

ELEVATION: between 350 and 420 meters above sea level

MASOS D’EN FERRAN

Masos d’en Ferran plot soil is rich in Devonian iron slate. It is the oldest rock we can find in the DOQ Priorat (400 Million years). This rock contains a lot of quartz or other mineral and a covering of oxides that give it a reddish or yellowish appearance. The main colour is near black or blue.It is a north oriented plot. Grapes mauturity arrives slowly. Aromas of iron, cherries and berries are found in the wines that come from this plot. Their main characteristic is finesse and elegance.

VARIETY: CARINYENA and GARNACHA; GARNACHA BLANCA, MACABEO, Viognier and Pedro Jiménez.

PLANTING YEAR: 2007

ORIENTATION: NORTH

ELEVATION: between 500 and 650 meters above sea level

SOLANES, “EL COSTER”

It is our oldest vineyard. Vines are grown here on the steep slopes of the costers. Solanes soi lis also Devonian slate (400M of years). In this case, it is composed of a metamorphic rock of a very fine texture. It is very foliated and breaks up. Yields are very low (around 200 gr. Per vine). The wine that comes from this plot is very deep and concentrate.

VARIETY: CARIGNAN

PLANTING YEAR: 1934

SOUTH ORIENTATION

ELEVATION: between 500 and 650 meters above sea level

LA CREU

La Creu receives the influence of the « Llevant » wind from the Mediterranean Sea. We find here « Saldó » slate (400 millions of years) at the highest part of the plot where garnacha vines are planted and devonian slate (350 Millions of years) where Carignan vines are panted. The wines that come from this plot are  juicy and fruity.

VARIETY: CARINYENA, GARNATXA, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

PLANTING YEAR: between 2002 and 2017

ORIENTATION: SOUTHEAST

ELEVATION: between 400 and 480 meters above sea level

TERRACUQUES

VARIETIS: Black Grenache & Carignan

AGE: Planted el 1901 i 2005

SURFACE: 11 hectares

ORIENTATION: Sudest, Nort y Norest.

TYPE OF SOIL: “Saldó”, carboniferous slate 350 million years ago.