Escoda-Sanahuja wine producer
Celler Escoda-Sanahuja are winemaker Joan Ramón Escoda and his wife Mari Carme Sanahuja. Their 10-hectare estate lies in the Conca de Barberà DO in north-east Spain, about 3km east of the main wine town Montblanc and the same distance south of Barberà de la Conca, Mari Carme’s home village, that gave its name to the DO.
Organic since its foundation in 1997, the estate was certified biodynamic in 2003. Accordingly it’s a mixed-use farm with only 8 of the 10 hectares planted to vines: the remainder taken up by olive and almond groves; a vegetable garden; and a small farm whose organically-fed animals provide chemical-free fertiliser. In 2007 they stopped using sulphur dioxide, producing only completely ‘natural’ wines. All their fruit is hand-harvested and fermented using only wild yeasts, and they don’t filter, fine or cold stabilise.
They produce nine different wines from an eclectic range of varieties, combining international grapes (e.g., Cabernet Franc, Merlot), mainstream Spanish ones (Tempranillo, Garnacha) and lesser-known locals (Macabeo, Sumoll). Escoda’s love of the Loire, where he was introduced to biodynamics, is reflected in two whites made from Chenin Blanc and two red blends based on Cabernet Franc. Drawings of local fauna – badger, boar and hare – adorn their labels.
JR, as he’s known, also co-founded Spain’s Natural Wine Producers’ Association, PVN, which hosts the annual H2O wine fair exclusively for wines made without sulphites. His latest project is Bar Brutal in Barcelona, a tapas bar specialising (of course) in natural wines.
Decanting Club wines made by: Escoda-Sanahuja
From Conca de Barberà, Spain
Escoda-Sanahuja, Nas del Gegant
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