The vineyards of Barthomeus straddle two areas of Baix Penedes (lower Penedes) – one parcel faces the Mediterranean and the other faces the mountains. What makes Barthomeus unique is an incomparable blend of history and forward thinking that is producing some of the finest red wines from Spain.
The Minguella family has owned the land for almost 300 years, a total of 14 generations. In an area where white grapes are fashionable, the current matriarch of the family made a decision, 27 years ago, to go back to growing red wine grapes as it had been done long time ago. Thus, in these dry, chalky soils, they planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Here, the vines have to work hard and produce fruit that is very concentrated.
In 2001, the family petitioned the Department of Environment of the Generalitat de Catalunya for 50 hectares (123 acres) of their land to be declared as a protected zone for wild fauna.
n 2012, they moved to all ecologically sustainable growing, under the guidance of CCPAE (Catalan Council of Ecological Protection). Therefore they do not use any chemical treatments in the vineyards (no herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers). This is a winery that strives to preserve an ecological balance and also making a delicious, robust red wine.