NV Els Jelipins Sumoll Red

NV Els Jelipins Sumoll Red

Location: The hills of Font-Rubí, Penedes, Catalonia, Spain
Owner & winemaker: Glòria Garriga & her daughter Berta
Vineyard area: varying according to the vintage
Vineyard management: the selected growers they work with are all practicing organics
Soils: alluvial soil with slate, granite, and quartz; clay and limestone
Main varieties: Sumoll
Annual production (approx.): 4,000 bottles

Winemaking: “long, smooth, slow, and silent”, as Glòria would say. The wine ferments lengthily at a naturally low temperature, using only wild yeast, and ages in neutral clay, concrete, or oak vessels. No fining or filtration, no sulfur added

Sumoll, the grape that all their wines are based on, is a native variety of Penedès; it is drought-resistant, naturally low-yielding, and rather difficult to grow. Once widely planted throughout Catalonia, it was replaced by other varieties in the 1980s, nearly leading to its extinction (with less than one hundred hectares planted in 2013). Thanks to winemakers like Glòria, who appreciates its unique beauty and mineral notes, this trend has changed recently, as growers are starting to recover this variety.


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