Celler Pardas is part of the new generation of producers in Catalonia focussing on their terroirs and indigenous grapes such as Xarel.lo, Macabeo and Sumoll. The project began in 1996 when local winegrowers Ramón Parera and Jordi Arnan bought the Can Comas estate in Alt Penedés. The medieval farmhouse was surrounded by 60 hectares of forest, pasture and scrub land cut through by the Bitlles River. They cleared some areas and started planting cuttings shortly after. Their vineyards are scattered across three main sites with varied soil profiles, ranging from rocky clay and limestone terraces to deep alluvial soils. Their focus is preserving the balance and health of their land, they farm organically without irrigation, and aim to work in partnership with nature.
The wines can be divided into three categories: whites are based on Xarel.lo & Malvasia de Sitges whilst Sumoll is the star of the reds, the freshness and long ripening cycle perfectly suits the area in this age of global warming. All the wines are certified organic. No herbicides, pesticides nor synthetic products are used. The vineyards are not irrigated and are worked as little as possible to encourage the growth of natural cover crops.
Sus Scrofa means wild boar in Latin, the animal that makes its home in the hills of the Alt Penedès, and is the emblem of Celler Pardas. Sus Scrofa is a lighter style of red, similar to a Pinot Noir but with the structure of a Nebbiolo. Red fruits and lavender aromas underlying Mediterranean dried herbs and wet chalk. Incredibly vibrant with tons of character, just like the feisty boar pictured on the label!