Antistiana Xarel.lo 2017 – DO. Penedes
First production of 100% Xarel·lo varietal wine.
At Mas Comtal, up to the early 60s, Xarel·lo predominated. It coexisted with some Sumoll although, due to its low concentration of colouring agents in the skin, it was made into white wine. At that time, wine was sold in bulk. It was in the early 60s, with the increase in demand for white grapes to produce the base wine for cava, that the Sumoll and much of the Xarel·lo began to be replaced by Parellada and Macabeu. From 1966 to 1993, all grapes were sold to cava producers. We can therefore say that from 1960 to 1982, the vineyard was geared towards producing grapes for cava base wine: Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada.
In the early 80s, Albert Milà, with the help and unconditional support of his brother winemaker Joan Milà (1943-2010), a new era was entered upon with the aim of producing quality wines, transforming the family business by completing the production cycle:from planting the vines, their cultivation, making quality wine from the grapes and, once bottled, its marketing. This process led to the reorientation of the winemaking process by substituting Macabeu and Parellada for other varieties aimed at producing quality still wines and, subsequently, to implementing organic production in all 40 hectares of vineyard. Only the Xarel·lo grapevines have been preserved; today, all aged between 50 and 80 years old. The grapes of those oldest vines are the ones that have gone into producing these first 2,848 bottles of 75 cl.