Wines from a Stone


From my latest column on Barcelona Metropolitan (also here), I offer up the profile of two wines from Vins de Pedra.

A well-known winery from Empordà is La Vinyeta and is run by husband and wife team Josep Serra (who is originally from the region) and Marta Pedra. Like Josep, Marta is also a trained enolog and she brought out her own line of wines called, Vins de Pedra a couple of years back. Literally meaning, “wines from stone” it was a play on her father’s family name as these wines were born of her home region in Conca de Barberà.

At a breezy altitude of 200m Marta’s family has vineyards that range about 30-40 years old and which her family had been selling off to other wineries for years. She made the decision to create her own wines from them and initially released a 100% Chardonnay white called, L’Orni and a Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend called La Musa in 2012.

The wines were easy to spot as they featured the artwork of Marta’s uncle bent in to bottle form by Josep’s designer brother, Lluis. She has added to the original duo with a 100% Trepat wine which is a grape local to the Conca de Barberà region and has gained attention recently as people try to work the stubborn grape in to red wines. This was an interesting re-tasting to see the evolution of Marta’s wine as each vintage has her gaining more ability with the region.

Trempat 2013
Mature strawberries, rustic, menthol, and a touch ferric as is typical of Trepat. Perky with a crisp body although not abound in depth. Easy to drink with bundles of acidity for great food pairing.

100% Trepat 14% 12€

La Musa 2012
Dark fruits with notes of plums, figs, lactic, and smooth. Good acidity in the mouth, relatively fresh with good aging notes and a persistent finish.

Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah 14% 12€