Rendé Masdéu: Earthly paradise in Catalonia

Wine has been grown here since 1604. Set in the heart of the village of Espluga de Francoli, not far from the famous Poblet monastery, the estate produces wines under the Conca de Barbera appellation in southern Catalonia.



What strikes you first about the estate is its business model: the cellar is set in the heart of this historic town and not only sells wine but also honey, olive oil, olives, local cheeses and dried fruits. It is a pragmatic alternative to globalisation, offering an antiquated yet friendly atmosphere where tanks of wine stand beside the multicoloured counter dotted with a medley of products.



The present-day estate is run by Mariona Rendé, daughter of founder Josep Maria Rendé, and her husband Jordi Roig. Production stands at 50,000 bottles a year and the wines have a clear objective: to fully express the potential of Conca de Barbera whilst respecting the spirit of the appellation. Priority is therefore given to local grape varieties – Grenache, Trepat and Tempranillo (known locally as Ull de Llebre) for the reds, even though Syrah and Cabernet-Sauvignon can be found. The most interesting white is made from Macabeo, Grenache blanc and Parellada. The wines are honest, fruity and authentic and boast good acidity. Interestingly, the estate has stored wines in amphora in a bid to find a style of ageing that complements classic cask maturation, thus adding an extra touch of charm to a winery where time has stood still.