Established in 2004, Qalidès is an association currently made up of 14 family-owned wineries
Qalidès is an association of wineries that champion the character and quality of Penedès wines while respecting the environment, the integrity of the landscape and the different terroirs. The wineries that make up the association work together as a single entity to reinforce and promote the single vineyard wines of the Penedès.
The history of growing and making wine in the Penedès goes back 2700 years. Wine has always played a central role in the region's development, eventually becoming a unifying element that ties the defining traits of its culture and identity together.
Historical evidence points to the existence of vineyards in the Penedès as far back as the 6th century B.C. From then on and up to the present, winegrowing has been one of the region's economic engines. The soil characteristics of the Penedès, along with vastly diverse microclimates born from the area's elevation patterns (rising from sea level to 940 meters in the pre-coastal range), have made it possible to grow both traditional and international varieties, giving way to wines of exceptional quality.
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The thirteen wineries that make up Qalidès stand out for the following innovations:
Albet i Noya
A leading winery in the Penedès when it comes to organic and biodynamic winegrowing as well as the production of natural wines. The winery conducts research into old varieties that are resistant to fungal infections in addition to leading several initiatives to protect the environment.
The winery focuses its innovative efforts on developing new wines as well as restructuring vineyards to prepare them for organic viticulture. The winery has received IFS (International Food Standard) certification.
The winery is committed to a traditional form of viticulture, composting animal waste (sheep) and working the vineyards entirely by hand. The winery recently began growing Petit Verdot and Malvasia.
Can Ràfols dels Caus
The winery makes wines from varieties that find extraordinary expression in the rough, calcareous soils of the Garraf Massif, including Sumoll and Xarel·lo. The winery is committed to architecture that integrates seamlessly into the landscape.
Castellroig - Finca Sabaté i Coca
The winery works tirelessly toward becoming a zero-waste winery, in addition to advancing environmental responsibility and the use of renewable energy. The winery continues to deepen its research into different soil characteristics so that its vines can extract the full expression of the terroir.
Among Spain's leaders in wine research. The winery's most important innovations include bringing several foreign and international varieties like Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc to Catalonia in the 1980s; the revival of 35 ancestral varieties cultivated in Catalonia prior to the phylloxera outbreak (a collection of more than 69 Catalan varieties); the production of the first dealcoholized wine in Spain (Natureo) as well as important advances in the fight against climate change (Cenit Deméter, INNOWINE, residue-based energy generation, carbon capture: visit torres&earth).
The winery is closely linked to the history of Olèdrola Castle and has significant experience in experimental viticulture. Since 2007, the winery is certified as 100% organic. Finca Viladellops works with local varieties that express themselves beautifully in the calcareous soils of the Garraf Massif.
The winery focuses its innovation on developing new types of wine like Vi de Glass (ice wine) as well as making great strides in the understanding of terroir, agrology (applying the study of soil to agriculture) and precision winegrowing.
The winery is paving the way for a different understanding of winegrowing through micro-productions of experimental varieties like Sumoll (since 2001) and Malvasia de Sitges (since 2004). Jané Ventura also makes experimental white wines in amphorae.
The winery was a pioneer in bringing French varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to Spain. Recently, the winery launched a new wine made from a variety that adapts very well to climate change (Petit Verdot), had all of its vineyards certified as organic and received Single Vineyard Wine designation for all its high-end ranges.
Utmost respect for the vineyard, the grape and its environment informs the guiding philosophy of Mas Candí, a winery known for wines that faithfully reflect the true character of the region.
The winery practices organic winegrowing and winemaking, working with both local and foreign varieties such as Manzoni Bianco and Incroccio Manzoni in their Gran Angular wine range.
At the Pardas winery, local and foreign varieties coexist in perfect harmony as part of a philosophy that strives to preserve the vine in its most original and natural state (using cultivation techniques such as permanent and spontaneous plant cover instead of plowing).
We produce high quality wines and cavas with grapes from our 5 estates, situated around the winery and in the mountains of Penedès. The altitude varies from 170 to 750m and offers a diverse mixture of soils and microclimates. That gives a special personality to our wines by bringing the essence of the Mediterranean ecosystem to our grapes.We