Recuperating ancient grape varieties in Pla de Bages

by  |  25-04-2018

Over the last 15 years in Spain, there has been a heavy push to preserve old buildings using public funds that were otherwise crumbling into ruin and oblivion. Some might read this cynically as simply a way for corruption to flourish via nefarious members of the construction sector getting overly-plush public tenders. Indeed, there has been some of that but at the same time, there’s the recognition that recuperating many of these structures is beyond private means and preserving cultural heritage is very much in the public interest. This is how the 19th century house, La Torre Lluvià (also known as vil·la Emília or vil·la Maria) in Manresa came to be reborn. Originally designed by local architect Ignasi Oms i Ponsa in the “Catalan Modernist” style in 1896, it had fallen into grave disrepair and was near total collapse when the city hall of Manresa acquired it in 2012 and […]
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