The TV programme Catalunya Experience paid a visit to one of Recaredo’s most singular vineyards with two Japanese sommeliers (Tassy and Mash) to highlight the authentic character of terroir sparkling wines. At the Turó d’en Mota vineyard, oenologist Ton Mata explained that “it’s a very special place, with very old, fragile Xarel·lo vines planted in 1940 that have enormous heritage value.”
The visit by Catalunya Experience is a recognition of the quality and innovation that Recaredo, a pioneer in biodynamic agriculture in Penedès, represents. Ton Mata, a member of the third generation of the Recaredo family, stressed that they want to make wines that “represent the landscape”, adding that “Turó d’en Mota is a wine based on a very purist approach. Conceptually, it’s simple: a single vineyard, a single variety, and over ten years of ageing. We want people to get excited when they taste it, and we want the wine to transport them to the place where it was made.”
The Japanese sommeliers were fascinated when they visited Recaredo’s underground cellar and witnessed an exercise in transparency: the disgorging of a bottle of Turó d’en Mota 2003 on the spot. When they tasted the wine, both guests commented on its finesse, subtlety and complexity. “We want people around the world to recognise terroir sparkling wines, to value their premium quality—because they capture a space, a land and a vineyard in a very genuine way,” said Ton.
After visiting Recaredo, Catalunya Experience went on to speak to other makers of DOQ (Qualified Designation of Origin) Priorat: Sara Pérez, René Barbier and Domink Huber.
Scrupulous work in the vineyard has been essential in a vintage that we can’t deny has been very tough due to the pressure of dealing with the mildew, but also satisfying because there’s nothing more rewarding than overcoming a challenge and continuously learning.