Wine? I thought that was just grape juice!

Rubén and I get this reaction a lot once we start talking about what makes our wines different from the average offering on the supermarket shelf. The thing is, that wine should be “just grape juice” but to produce wines at such low prices, all sorts of things have to happen to make those cheaply bought in grapes into a consistent product. It’s no different to any other food.

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Comalats: the accidental winery

“It was a potential catastrophe:” Eva explained on our first visit. Her father had 12 hectares of grapes just ready for harvest and suddenly the buyer had pulled out. What were the family to do? Jaume Bonet had only planted the vineyards with the then fashionable Cabernet Sauvignon on advice that this was the way forward - to sell on an international variety to a larger producer. In the past the family had made wine from indigenous grapes for home consumption or to sell on draught, just like every other Catalan farming family.

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