Celler Pardas

  • Penedès, Spain
Celler Pardas

Celler Pardas started when two growers from Penedès, Ramon Parera, and Jordi Arnan, acquired an old estate called Can Comas in Alt Penedès, close to Sant Sadurni d’Anoia. The property surrounds an old medieval farm and spans 30 hectares of forest and other crops (mainly cereal) as well as the local grape varieties—Sumoll and Xarel-lo—that Ramon and Jordi planted for their wines. The other source of fruit for the wines comes from two ancient plots further north, where they own old vines of Sumoll, Xarel-lo, and Malvasía de Sitges; Ramon calls this fascinating local strain of Malvasía, an incredibly acidic grape notoriously difficult to vinify, the “Riesling of the Mediterranean”.

From the start the work on the land focused on a holistic approach; they manage the forest surrounding the vineyards as well as the land bordering them to create a whole agrarian ecosystem and live on the property. Many biodynamic principles are followed: the vines are dry-farmed, and the clay-limestone-rich soils are not plowed to avoid erosion and foster the micro-biology of the place. They regularly use ground vegetation, and no synthetic products or pesticides are utilized. Their work is certified organic.

Ramon and Jordi are in the forefront of the varietal revolution happening in Penedès. The story of native grapes in the region is not unlike many others in different areas: the local varieties, deemed hard to work and less valuable than international ones, were slowly substituted by high-yielding types. Many of the new generations of growers in the area, however, decided to replant and work with the original grapes. Pardas' plantings all come from cuttings of old vines found in the region.

The work in the cellar is as respectful to the wines as their work on the vineyards is to the land. Fermentations are spontaneous, the wines are never clarified nor corrected, and they use a mix of steel, concrete, and oak for winemaking and élèvage. The resulting wines are expressive and very direct. Sumoll is not an easy grape to master—“the most masochistic grape there is”, says Jordi— but as the Sus Scrofa shows, Parera and Arnan have conquered its rusticity and are making a delicate, fresh, and immediate wine. The same goes for their Xarel-lo and Malvasía, which are floral and aromatic and yet retain great salinity and minerality, no doubt owing to the chalky and rocky nature of their vineyards.
 

Small Scenes from Celler Pardas Harvest 2021
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Harvest at Cellar Pardas, September 2019.
Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB2398-19
Organic
Celler Pardas Blau Cru
2019
Malvasia
100% Malvasía de Sitges planted in 1999 on rich alluvial soils. Fermented in stainless and aged for 8 months on its lees.
Spain

DB2401-21
Organic
Celler Pardas Pell a Pell
2021
Xarel-lo
100% Xarel-lo. Vines are grown in chalk and clay soils from the Sant Pere and Canyes vineyards. Grapes are farmed organically without...
Spain

DB2397-18
Organic
Celler Pardas Pur Xarel-lo
2018
Xarel-lo
100% Xarel-lo from 40-year-old vines planted on shallow, poor soils high in lime content. Half of the wine is made in concrete egg, and...
Spain

DB2395-21
Organic
Celler Pardas Rupestris
2021
Xarel-lo
A blend of 80% Xarel-lo and 20% Malvasía de Sitges. The Xarel-lo comes from 50-year-old vines planted on chalky and clay soils, while the...
Spain

DB2400-21
Biodynamic
Celler Pardas Rosado (Sumoll)
2021
Sumoll
2021 was a dry and austere vintage which incredibly yielded some amazing wines such as the Pardas Summol Rosado, which is fresh, open, and...
Spain

DB2396-21
Organic
Celler Pardas Sus Scrofa
2021
Sumoll
100% Sumoll made from a blend of three parcels, the oldest of which was planted 70 years ago. The vineyards sit on clay and chalky soils....
Spain