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2 min – 8 max
WINES & OLIVE OILS
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Clos Mogador tells the story of a passion that was born in the seventies, when a few ‘crazies’ began to transform a poor and remote region into one of the most famous winegrowing areas in the world.
To speak of Clos Mogador is to evoke highly limited edition wines, elaborated according to strict criteria for organic agriculture that maintains ecological harmony in the environment. To practice wine tourism in Clos Mogador is to discover a little corner of Gratallops in which the history of the Priorat was forever changed.
The Barbier family arrived in Spain in 1880, fleeing from a phylloxera epidemic that destroyed 1500 hectares of vineyards in Le Martinet, in southeastern France. Leon Barbier founded the first winery in Tarragona, naming it René Barbier, after his son.
Almost a century later, a young 20-year-old René (a fourth-generation Barbier), and his wife Isabelle Meyer, arrived in Gratallops in search of a new life. René began to work for the Rioja winery Palacios Remondo, where he met Álvaro Palacios and together they initaited the adventure of making wine in the Priorat region. Little by little, they began to uncover the hidden gem of the centenarian vineyards.
Slowly, things began to change. The vines were no longer uprooted and local winegrowers began to see their work valued. Thanks to these pioneers, Priorat wine (until then known for being harsh, mediocre stuff) began to make a name for itself.
In 1979 René bought his first farm with a loan from his father-in-law, and began to revive the vineyards while also working to renovate the ruin that would later become his home. René convinced some of his friends to also buy abandoned estates in the area, and together they fostered the ‘crazy’ idea of producing quality wine using traditional and organic methods.
By 1989 this group of “pioneers of the Priorat” included, in addition to René and Álvaro, Jose Luis Pèrez (Clos Martinet winery), Carles Pastrana (Clos de l’Obac winery) and Daphne Glorian (Clos Erasmus winery). That year they produced the wine together and the following year each one began to vinify separately. It was then that Robert Parker, the famous wine critic, noticed the quality of their wines and started rating them very highly. Clos Mogador became a legend.
Much of the secret to the success of Clos Mogador’s wines is due to the techniques and rigorous organic treatments they apply to the vineyards. Their viticulture is characterized by a wide diversity, in which the vines coexist with aromatic herbs, olive and fruit trees, etc., which complement and enrich the vineyard. All their estates are harvested manually.
Clos Mogador wines are certified as Vi de Finca, which guarantees that the wine comes from a single estate that has very particular characteristics of terroir and climate.
You can discover the secrets of this pioneering winery by visiting Clos Mogador. The tour begins with a visit to the estates (by vehicle), after which you will see the winery and learn about their winemaking and elaboration processes. Finally, there will be a wine tasting as well as a tasting of the olive oil they produce.
The whole tour lasts three hours and during that time you will be able to learn about the history of this family winery that, in its day, changed the destiny of an entire region.