Celler Vall Llach
TRUE BLUE PRIORAT
Since its founding in the early 1990s by celebrated singer Lluís Llach and notary Enric Costa, Celler Vall Llach has committed itself to rigorous quality standards and a community spirit. The winery, now headed by Enric’s son Albert, is located in the tiny mountain town of Porrera in the D.O.Q. Priorat, to which it is deeply connected. Vall Llach’s Porrera Vi de Vila represents a tribute to this village and its townspeople. Idus, also, is rooted in the community, the result of a close collaboration between the estate and fifteen independent grape growers who cultivate old vines on the rocky hillsides of Priorat.
Vall Llach’s magnificent century-old estate vineyards boast 60- to 115-year-old Cariñena and Garnacha vines as well as newer plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah that add complexity to Vall Llach’s range of widely acclaimed wines. The estate’s prized vineyard, Mas de la Rosa, has received classification as one of only five Vi de Finca Qualificadas within Catalunya.
Priorat’s notoriously stingy llicorella (fractured black slate) provides the foundation for these hillside vineyards that produce extremely low yields of intensely flavored grapes.
On average, it takes the fruit from 2 to 8 old vines to make a single bottle of Vall Llach Mas de la Rosa. Winemaker Albert Costa’s goal is to showcase this Priorat landscape in the bottle by
maintaining a regionally authentic and natural way of winemaking through indigenous yeasts, gravity flow, neutral oak, and not filtering or fining his wines.
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