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Penedès, Spain

Enric Soler

Enric Soler won Spain’s Sommelier championship in 1997 and eventually took over his families vineyard that was planted by his grandfather in 1945.  I visited him in 2016 and was excited to see what he is managing to achieve with his old Xarel-Lo vines. Xarel-Lo was traditionally used in the making of Cava, but Enric was one of the first to explore its potential in the making of still wine. He has vines which are up to 60 years old which produce very low yields. His subtle, elegant wine is the fruit of a wild planted family plot of some of the oldest Xarel-Lo vines in the world. He farms  biodynamically;  vines are bush-trained and draped in a carpet of thick indigenous ground cover. He is a minimalist in the cellar, leaving the grapes to reflect their terroir. Since his first vintage in 2004, Enric’s wines have helped establish Xarel-Lo as a world-class varietal.

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