Liberty Wines welcomes Raventós i Blanc and Dominio do Bibei
We are delighted to have further strengthened our Spanish portfolio with Raventós i Blanc, who produce sparkling wines in the Conca del Riu Anoia area of Penedès, and Dominio do Bibei from Ribeira Sacra.
David Gleave MW, managing director of Liberty Wines, says: “We are excited to be working with Pepe Raventós at Raventós i Blanc and Javier Dominguez of Dominio do Bibei. Their focus on native grape varieties to produce wines with a distinctive sense of place makes them a perfect fit for our portfolio. It is a philosophy that our customers have come to expect from all the producers we list, and we are building a Spanish offering that reflects this.”
Raventós i Blanc
Pepe Raventós is the twenty-first generation of one of Spain’s most influential winemaking families, with a viticultural tradition dating back to 1497. Josep Raventós I Fatjó produced Spain’s first traditional method sparkling wine in 1872 from estate-grown Xarel-lo, while the family-owned Codorníu flourished under his descendant Josep Maria Raventós I Blanc, who also helped to establish the Cava DO. Josep Maria founded the Raventós i Blanc project in 1986 on the same family estate that provided the grapes for the first Spanish sparkling wine.
Pepe joined Raventós i Blanc in 2001 with a passion for site-driven wines, gaining experience at Domaine Hubert Lamy in Burgundy and with Didier Dageneau in the Loire. He has overseen the mapping of the 90-hectare estate’s marine fossil-rich soils, as well as organic certification in 2009 and biodynamic certification in 2013. It is a model of biodiversity, with 50 hectares of vines, 10 hectares of cereals, a small field of olive, almond and fig trees, picturesque woodland, a lake, farm animals, native birds and wildlife, all sheltered by three mountain ranges with the winery at its centre.
Driven by Pepe’s commitment to sustainable viticulture, winemaking excellence and the unique mineral characteristics of his vineyards, Raventós i Blanc left the Cava DO in 2012 to work towards a new DO Conca del Riu Anoia for more strictly defined sparkling wine production from the small delimited area surrounding the Anoia River Valley. Using only indigenous grape varieties Xarel·lo, Macabeo and Parellada, as well as recovered ancestral varieties such as Bastard Negre, Sumoll and Monastrell, their fruit is estate grown and biodynamically farmed. The vineyards are divided into 44 plots, depending on the different soils and microclimates, while their wines are vinified and bottled on the property, aged on lees for a minimum of 18 months before disgorging, and are always vintage.
Pepe Raventós comments: “I have always enjoyed the opportunities and challenges that come with change. In our new alliance with Liberty Wines, we look forward to growing our presence within the UK market, alongside our shared passion for wines with personality that speak of their origin and vintage.”
Dominio do Bibei
Javier Dominguez was among an influx of young winemakers attracted to Ribeira Sacra in the late 1990s by the region’s old vines and untouched Jurassic landscape when his family purchased land in the Bibei Valley. The 45 hectares of vineyards, at altitudes of 200-800 metres, are spread across terraced slopes with slate and granite soils sprinkled with quartz.
The fresh acidity and depth of flavour achieved in the vineyard are preserved with minimal intervention in the winery, using indigenous yeasts, concrete tanks and extra-large wooden barrels. The wines reflect the diversity of the plantings of their predecessors: the Mencía-based reds include Brancellao, Mouratón and Sousón, while the whites feature Godello, Albariño and Treixadura.
Javier Dominguez says: “The Dominio do Bibei project was born from the initiative of a group of people whose origins are linked to the Bibei valley and its rich viticultural heritage. We are immersed in the almost heroic task of working with vines planted in deep valleys and river gorges, interpreting the essence of our site, and transmitting this through our wines.”
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