Celler Finca Parera (Ruben Parera)
Celler Finca Parera were farmers before they were winemakers: four generations extending back to 1892. They’ve been biodynamic winemakers since 2013, but their small vineyard plots are today still interleaved with ancient cultures of cherries, almonds, olives and some of the best artichokes we’ve ever had in paella. Ruben Parera is as much a cook, a gardener, a beekeeper, as a winemaker and the wines he makes were made to make sense on a farm table.
Grapes are Xarel.lo, Sumoll, Ull de Llebre, Lladoner Negre and other indigenous varieties planted across 14ha of dry-farmed vines in the upper penedes. The oldest vines are over 75 years old. Soil is clay-calcareous, influence is Mediterranean, and the sea just 350m away. Ruben harvests his fruit by hand, fermentation is with wild yeast only and takes place in cement tanks below ground. The entire process is governed by biodynamic precepts. These are wines which balance rusticity and finesse and are truly expressive of the people who make them.