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Escoda-Sanahuja

Where to start with the legends that is are behind Escoda-Sanahuja? Unapologetically big personalities, unapologetically awesome wines. Vigneron Joan Ramon began making his magical wine in 1997, caring for his vineyard without chemicals from the start. This evolved over time to Biodynamic practices which have been the standard since 2003. In 2007 Joan and Carmen called it off with additional SO2 haven't looked back. The land spreads over 10ha near Montblanc in Catalunya which along with the vines is used for olives, almonds, vegetables and their animals. In order to combat the naturally dry climate of the region, vegetation is planted in between the vines to stimulate production of humus and microbes in the soil which create moisture for the vines. Varieties planted are Parellada, Garnacha, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Sumoll, Cariñena, Tempranillo, Macabeo and Chenin Blanc which Jaon crafts to make his a-typical wines in Catalunya. In the cellar, Joan experiments with different methods of ageing according to the vintage, sometimes steel, sometimes amphora, sometimes old barrels. Always spontaneous fermentation, never, ever SO2. Together with Laureano Serres, Joan founded the first natural wine association in Spain and also the first natural wine tasting 'H20' which accepts only zero SO2 wines.