Sangenís i Vaqué: a Priorat family

by  |  17-11-2017

Having roots in Spain’s Priorat wine region means having a family that has seen some incredibly bleak times. While in the late 1800s the region experienced a boom, due to phylloxera blighting France, once the pest crossed the Pyrenees mountains, it decimated winemaking in Priorat as well. Those who didn’t emigrate to the cities, formed co-operatives that produced something deemed “wine”, but which bore no resemblance to the fine bottles that emerge today. It was during these lean years that Pere Sangenís and Conxita Vaqué married, in 1972. It was a most ideal union, both romantically and practically: from Pere’s family came vineyards that had been in the family since the 1700s; from Conxita’s came the cellar on Plaça Catalunya which was built in the 19th century and that they still use today. And, despite everyone thinking them crazy at the time, they planted a new vineyard of Grenache and […]
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