White wine Young. Winery: Vallformosa. D.O. Penedès. (Catalonia) Variety: Parellada and Muscat.
Today, Masía Vallformosa stands out as a winery that produces quality wine products, where the philosophy of tradition and the necessary modernity go hand in hand to offer wine lovers the commitment of honest business principles.
Many may think that Vallformosa is a new winery, but in reality, what is now Vallformosa was created by Francisco José Doménech with the cultivation of vineyards in the middle of the 18th century. With Francisco, the first expansionist impulse started and if would set the tone for later generations. The children and grandchildren of the founders continued their agricultural and winemaking activities, they expanded the underground wineries and cavas, acquired selected vineyards, incorporated the best technical advances, and continued to produce wines with the same passion as their ancestors. At a certain point of its recent history, the heritage of this winemaking legacy passed to José Doménech Torné, an experienced man whose business astuteness, organisational skills and a certain sense of risk, led him to produce the first bottles of Cava Vallformosa in the 1930s.
History of the winery
It all began in 1905, when José Doménech Torné bought all the vineyards of the farmhouse called ‘La Sala’, recovered from the phylloxera, although the winery did not open until 1938. It is obvious that, over the years, many things have changed in Masía Vallformosa. But not the most important ones. Now, the saga continues, and with a clearly rejuvenating air and a spirit full of dreams yet to be materialised, the Doménech-Vidal family continues to be committed to controlling the quality of the raw material used to produce its wines and cavas. In 1974, the Doménech-Vidal family bought new vineyards and the farm Masia Freyé, a place of retreat and source of inspiration for the Doménech-Vidal family. In 1993, a major expansion of a new winemaking plant with a capacity of ten million kilograms of grapes was carried out. In 2000, the facilities of ‘La Sala’ were extended with three new bottling lines.
Currently, the winery Masía Vallformosa, surrounded by its own vineyards, is located in the area known as Masía La Sala, in the municipality of Vilobí del Penedés. The winery remains faithful to the meaning of its name: Valle Hermoso (beautiful valley). The winery is now one of the most modern ones in the country, and has nearly 400 hectares of vineyards strategically distributed in 9 farms or sites of land in the Penedés, at different altitudes, on different soils and with varied microclimates. A total of 14 grape varieties are grown in these farms, including traditional white and red varieties from the area, and a wide collection of noble and international varieties.
Vallformosa is a company that is aware of the environment and proactive in improving the environmental management derived from its activity. In fact, it led the implementation of environmental measures and was one of the first companies in the sector to install its own biological wastewater treatment plant. On the other hand, Vallformosa uses low-density bottles (lighter than the traditional ones), as it saves raw materials and also reduces CO2 emissions during transport, both from the glass in the production plant to the final consumer.
Vallformosa has modified the wine storage system to reduce the environmental impact generated during the ageing process of the cava. The new system used plastic trays that increase the useful life of the separators and thus reduce the generation of waste such as cardboard (-15%), glass (-29%) and plastic (-11%). Additionally, the improved bottle layout achieved with the new system reduces the number of breakages during the ageing process.
On the other hand, through its Foundation, Vallformosa is firmly committed to raising funds for the fight against cancer. In fact, for every bottle of cava that is sold, Vallformosa contributes to associations around the world that fight cancer. To give visibility to this charity initiative, each bottle of cava has one of the 6 special caps that have been designed with the logo of the associations receiving the aid and with the motto of the initiative: ‘Drink with elegance, act responsibly’.
Wines from Masía Vallformosa
Below are some of the products made by the winery Vallformosa:
The winery produces a wide range of still wines, including white wines, rosé and red wines in all their variants. These are grouped into several families and commercial brands that refer to its most important farms. The line Masía Freyé stands out among still wines, with a white wine, a rosé and a red wine, as well as its sparkling wines Marina. This line is followed by Mas La Roca, Masía La Sala, La Vinya and Vallplata, all of them with an excellent representation of white, rosé and red wines made with different local and international varieties, as well as single-varieties and coupages.
They are different families of wines, but they are all very balanced; some are easier to drink and some are more complex, but they all perfectly defend the difficult counterpoint related to for value for money. In its line of Cavas, it also diversifies its brands depending on its national and international markets. In its most international line, the brands Mistinguet, MVSA and Gran Barónstand out. All of the include a wide range of sparkling and rosé wines, as well as bruts and bruts nature. For the international market, it has reserved Vallformosa’s own brand, which is grouped in two collections: ‘Vallformosa Origen’ and ‘Vallformosa Col·lecció’. Within the Col·lecció line, its Brut Nature Reserva stands out. It is made with a coupage of Maccabeu, Xarello, Parellada and Chardonnay and is aged for 24 months on its lees. This Cava has an intense aroma, elegant and complex, with notes of white and citrus fruit, as well as floral touches and light aromas of its ageing. In the mouth, it is fruity, unctuous, dry and fresh at the same time. It has a pleasant, lively finish and a complex palate. Also worth noting is its Vallformosa Col·lecció Rosado, a varietal of Pinot Noir aged for 15 months on its lees. This cava has a very pale cherry colour, and an elegant and fruity aroma (roses and raspberries) along with notes of its ageing. Round and sensual, sweet in the mouth, zesty and lively, with pleasant sensations of red berries at the end. And since always, one of its most awarded cavas is Gala Brut Reserva, made with Xarello and Chardonnay, and aged for 24 months on its lees. A fruity, complex and elegant cava. It has fresh aromas of pears, apples, citrus and floral touches combines with toasted notes and dried fruit and nuts from its contact with its lees. In the mouth, it is balanced, silky, creamy, very delicate and full-bodied. It has aromas of fresh fruit and a balanced acidity.
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