Jean Leon

Description and History

Behind the Jean Leon brand is the fascinating story of its founder. Ceferino Carrión, a young man from Santander, decided to embark on a new life and immigrated to the United States at the age of 19 in pursuit of a dream: to have the most luxurious restaurant in Beverly Hills. He achieved his dream when he opened La Scala with his friend and business partner, James Dean.

Jean Leon was very successful and moved in upscale social circles. He crowned his achievements with the creation of a wine that bore his name and would delight his select clientele.

In 1963, Jean Leon came to Catalonia to open a winery. He bought land in the Penedès and planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay, making him a pioneer in introducing these varieties to the region. In the same spirit, Jean Leon was a forerunner in applying the single vineyard winemaking concept, similar to cru in France and subsequently known in Spain as vinos de finca.

Nowadays, Jean Leon is a family-owned winery bought by the Torres family in 1994. The winery produces a very limited production of high-quality wines defined by their great personality and individual style.

Varieties and Production

The Jean Leon winery is located in the heart of the Penedès (Torrelavit) surrounded by 60 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay and Petit Verdot. Of these varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the mostly widely planted.

Jean Leon produces artisanal wines, which are all certified organic as of the 2012 vintage. Every wine in the high-end ranges originates from a single vineyard or terroir. The wines that form part of Qalidès come from the following terroirs: Vinya Le Havre, Vinya Palau, Vinya Gigi and Vinya La Scala.

Wine Characteristics

Jean Leon wines reflect the character of their founder. Each red has its own unique personality: potent, elegant and incredibly complex, displaying great depth and length. The whites and rosés, on the other hand, are elegant, fresh and voluptuous.

Starting with the 2012 vintage, all Jean Leon wines are certified organic, and the high-end ranges consist exclusively of single vineyard designated wines. All in all, Jean Leon wines represent the finest grapes thanks to the winery's environmental commitment, making them a symbol of quality and character in the Penedès and worldwide.



Chateau Leon s/n
08775 Torrelavit (Ctra. Pla del Penedès) - Barcelona
Tel. 93 899 55 12
GPS: 41° 26' 8.10", 1° 42' 26.75"