The acclaimed Pasanau family consists of perennial growers in Priorat. They own vineyards in the highest municipality of the region, skirting the sheer rock wall of the Sierra de Montsant that forms Priorat’s viticultural boundary. At over 2,400 feet on a three-hectare clearing, the Pasanau’s “Finca la Planeta” vineyard dominates the regional landscape and experiences Priorat’s widest daily temperature variation. The unique localization and composition of Finca la Planeta prompted Ricard Pasanau to plant Cabernet Sauvignon on vines that are now over 20 years old. The climate helps to retain freshness in the concentrated, late-harvested grapes, resulting in a uniquely tight-knit albeit typically powerful Priorat style. Additionally, the vineyard’s llicorella soils and long, arid growing season severely limit yields, packing the fruit with mineral extract and complexity. Pasanau also grows Garnacha, Merlot, Mazuelo and Syrah within the village of La Morera. Ceps Nous, offering great value from Pasanau’s youngest vines, was introduced in 2002.
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Grandfather was John Pasanau who after his link with Maria Estrems Cornadó in the early twentieth century, recovered the family land and planted new vineyards. The grapes were destined to the cooperative, keeping what was needed for wine consumption and leaving the rest for sale.
In the eighties his grandson Ricardo, master in viticulture from the University of Barcelona, took over as well as acquiring other properties.Also, Ricardo introduced new varieties and new farming systems. In 1995, a hundred years after the attack of phylloxera, the Pasanau brothers, with the encouragement of their father John, decided to build a warehouse to produce their wines. The direction was entrusted to Ricardo Pasanau who already had several years experience in winemaking.
Since the winery has tripled its initial production. Right now he wants to consolidate the production to around 50,000 bottles, annually 50% allocated for the domestic market and the rest to the world markets.
Practices & Techniques
It is the policy of the winery to leave the vines at the mercy of the weather, obviating the use of additional irrigation. Accordingly the planting of vineyards is formed in glass or trellised with guyot pruning, although recently some have been converted into glass on trellises for their plant health and crop benefits.
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The microclimate also varies according to altitude and orientation: from the sunny vineyards of the valley around 400m, aerated and fresh near the mountain over 700m.