COMMITTED TO THE LAND
In 1997, the owners of the Castell del Remei winery, which had been in existence for over 100 years, discovered the superb characteristics of the vineyards at La Pobla de Cérvoles, acquiring the property of Cérvoles Celler with 32 hectares of vines, planted between 1970 and 1989, and a small winery where the first vintages could be made.
For Tomàs Cusiné, at that time a young, ambitious oenologist who had started out working for his family’s firm, Castell del Remei, this discovery of the Cérvoles vineyards represented a dream come true: to start up a project inspired by mountain viticulture.
The conditions offered by Cérvoles fuelled Cusiné’s dream: a unique estate in the area of Les Garrigues, nestling in the foothills, with different areas and a stony chalk soil; vines that offer very low yields but of great quality, providing grapes brimming with colour, strength and structure and a unique, special aromatic character; organic vineyards where the aim is to boost the work of bacteria to keep the land “alive”; and painstaking viticulture, carefully managing the vines to produce well-defined, distinctive wines.
Once Cérvoles Celler had been set up, work began on extensively restructuring the vineyards to increase the leaf area per kilo of grapes, carrying out a meticulous research programme aimed at documenting the characteristics of each estate and plot as precisely as possible. All the wine production and ageing processes were improved at the winery, including the acquisition of French oak casks made by the most renowned coopers.
The hard work and investment required by this commitment finally paid off when, in 1998, the first vintages of Cérvoles were launched onto the market, confirming the qualitative potential of this zone and revealing the complexity and personality bestowed on the wines by the microclimate of La Pobla de Cérvoles.
In 2003, Tomàs Cusiné moved away from the family firm to further his own projects: Tomàs Cusiné (2003) and Cara Nord (2012). After firmly establishing these wineries and becoming one of the best-known wine producers in Catalonia, in October 2014 Cusiné returned to the family firm to take over as CEO, today leading a dynamic wine-producing group with a total of four wineries.
Since then, Cérvoles Celler has reaffirmed its strong commitment to this land, meeting the new challenges that arise day after day, implementing regenerative organic management focusing on local Mediterranean varieties and the character of the singular vineyards in such a distinctive terroir as La Pobla de Cérvoles.
Thanks to the exceptional nature of Cérvoles Celler and its commitment to producing single estate wines, since the beginning the company has belonged to the renowned association of Spanish single estate wine producers, the Grandes Pagos de España.