la salada - el pla de penedès, barcelona
Toni Carbó made a name for himself via his collaboration with good friend Ramón Jané as Mas Candi, opting to make their own wines after decades of their families selling grapes to Cava houses. Mas Candi became famous for delicious low intervention Penedés wine, however in 2012 Toni and his wife Anna decided to go further and create their own project. La Salada is a homage to Toni’s great grandfather and the grapes for all of its wines come from plots that Toni’s great grandfather bought from the wealthy landowner in order to improve his family’s lot in what was then a more or less feudal system. These were the poorest plots and the vines have been grown organically and never treated with chemicals. Most of these vines were planted 80 or more years ago.
Toni and Anna continue in the tradition of Toni’s grandfather making singular wines without any additions whatsoever and without fining or filtration, at times following the old Catalan tradition of vi brisat - white wines with skin contact. As well they make some more experimental wines, such as Roig Boig - a pet nat made from 10 different indigenous Catalan varietals, macerated for 10 days with 10% of the skins from the red grapes for a blushy hue. A wine that is utterly glou glou.
From the moment we first met Anna and Toni and tried their wines we were hooked. These are wines that sing of where they’re from, of tradition as well as the future, and most of all of the complexity of fruit that vines cared for and untreated for generations give.