Meet Josep of La Vinyeta. Two of the wines in our October shipment are from Empordà - my hometown. It was a pleasure to meet and get to know Josep and Marta a few years ago. It's amazing and exciting to watch their winery grow. La Vinyeta is a small vineyard and olive farm located in the heart of the Empordà, in Mollet de Peralada. It is a young, family company that is the fruit of effort and ambition. The origin of this project dates back to 2002,when two old Carignan and Grenache vineyards —aged between 55 and 80 years were purchased. From that moment on, more and more vines were planted, up to the present 30 hectares. The project was consolidated in 2006 with the construction of the winery and the production of the first wines. In 2009, La Vinyeta became one of the first wineries to adopt Integrated Production, an environmentally friendly cultivation system.
Josep! We're so happy to feature your wines!
Featured Importer for the October shipment!
I have the priviledge to introduce you to someone I'm fortunate to get to work with quite often - Marta Plana. Marta is the founder of The Winetones, originally from Catalonia. She as born in a small coastal town just south of Barcelona in the Penedes area. In the wine industry for almost 20 years, she works hand-in-hand with more than 50 wineries from across Spain.
One of our go-to importer partners, we are big fans of Marta's wines, work ethic and impossibly fun attitude. You may have met her yourself at the inaugural Chow Chow festival in 2019, where she was an integral part of our booth. She was pouring La Sueca sangria and El Bandarra vermouth to go along with Chef Katie Button's paellas each day. You also may have met her in New York, where she also contributed to the Curate pop up at Chefs Club (supplying vermouth, sangria, decor and a smile!).
We will feature three of the wines in her portfolio for our very first wine club shipment - scheduled for the first week of October. Join the club before October 1st to make sure you recieve the first shipment!
The Winetones hold 3 distinct portfolios:
- Catalan Winetones: the portfolio that gives the name to the company, is a curated selection of family owned wineries from all over Catalonia, considered among the top within their regions.
- Democratic Wines: The home of a few truly fresh and modern brands, that gives a twist to the most traditional and popular wine-based drinks from Spain. Brands that epitomize the Barcelona vibe!!
- Vintae: Vintae is an innovative, young and dynamic family owned enterprise, which elaborates wine in 15 different Designations of Origin in north Spain. A portfolio full of great value wines from the most well known regions from the north.
Welcome everyone! Felix here.
I was born in the town of Roses, Spain - on the Costa Brava - just northeast of Barcelona. If you've been, you love it. The beaches of the Mediterranean Sea lie on one side, and on the other, the Spanish wine DO of Empordà. Salty breezes and mild weather make this top destination for wine and seafood lovers, and a perfect place to take a vacation and submerse yourself in the culture.
The Costa Brava is named for its rugged and rocky terrain. It's part of Catalonia, so natives speak Catalan as a primary language rather than Castillian Spanish - if you're reading a wine label from this region and the language looks unfamiliar, that could be why! The coastline is breathtakingly beautiful, and the tourism economy of the seaside towns and villages supports restaurants and wineries alike. Roses is the site of the former elBulli by Ferran Adrià - well recognized as one of the best restaurants in the world at the time. It's a place close to our hearts, because Katie and I spent a couple of seasons there together - it made a tremendous impact on us and helped define the path we're on now! We try to get back there every year to make sure it still feels like home for us and the kids - and it does.
Where better to start our very own Cúrate Spanish Wine Club other than in Catalonia, with a focus on Empordà - my home wine region.
Although not the most well known of Spain's wine regions, Empordà is very special and diverse (I might be partial!). Classically known for easy drinking rose that can be enjoyed alongside the incredible seafood and beautiful beaches, Empordà is attracting a host of young and exciting winemakers. My good friend, Marta Plana (The Winetones) knows the region and the wines like the back of her hand, and is one of our favorite importers to work with. For our first shipment, we'll pull from Marta's portfolio - we can't wait to share them with you!
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