Overview
Capsule: 
More than a Priorat, a privilege
Terlato Representation: 
2013
Flagship Product: 
Clos Abella
Price Point: 
$30-$85
Overview: 

Marco Abella wines embrace their rich legacy, geographic altitude, unique soil, and vineyard orientation to create harmonious products through biodynamic farming and expert wine making.

The Marco families have been wine growers in Porrera Spain since the 15th century. Porrera is part of the Priorat region and therefore enjoys its own special microclimate including dry, hot summers, cold winters, low annual rainfall, and extreme daily temperature fluctuations. As a result, the fruit takes more time ripen, allowing for more complex wines.

Marco Abella wines are clear expressions of the land from which they come. The Priorat soil is the source of unique minerality or earthiness of the region’s wines. It is an arid soil characterized by slate strata known in Catalan as llicorella. Four different vineyards with four different orientations over 56 acres make up the Marco Abella vineyards. The vines are grown in terraced vineyards, or costers, on the area’s steep hillsides, at altitudes ranging from ~1500’ to ~2,300’ above sea level.

Marco Abella practices biodynamic farming, which is much more than just organic. The aim of biodynamic farming is to produce high-quality grapes while respecting our planet’s animal and plant life.  Marco Abella focuses on quality at every stage: 100% Estate grown fruit coming from the highest altitude vineyards in all of Priorat, hand picking and sorting, non-interventionist wine making with only natural yeasts, no fining and low filtration. The wine is beautifully packaged with labels created by the internationally renowned Catalan abstract painter Josep Guinovart (Barcelona 1927-2007).

Producer: 
David Marco
Vineyard: 

Marco Abella wines are a clear expression of the land. The Priorat soil is the source of unique minerality or earthiness of the region’s wines. It is an arid soil characterized by slate strata known in Catalan as llicorella. Four different vineyards over 56 acres with four different orientations and the highest elevations in the region make up the Marco Abella vineyards. The vines are grown in terraced vineyards or costers on the area’s steep hillsides, at altitudes ranging from ~1500 feet to ~2,300 feet above sea level.

 

La Mallola vineyard boasts soil that is rich in black slate. The vineyard is south-facing and located at ~1,960 feet above sea level. The altitude lends freshness and body to its inimitable Grenache. This vineyard is the source of Mas Mallola wine.

 

Los Perers vineyard has slate soil mixed with oxidized iron ore. Subsequently, the Carignan grown here is particularly earthy. The vineyard is south-west facing and is located at ~1,470 feet above sea level. The altitude and orientation lends the wines a delicate, elegant fruitiness and great freshness. The influence of the winds from the Mediterranean also adds notes of undergrowth.

 

La Mina vineyard is characterized by a mix of slate and gold-colored iron ore. The vineyard’s name comes from the small iron mine that was active during the 19th century. The vineyard faces west and is located at ~1,470 feet above sea level.  The grapes from this vineyard offer notes of fresh wild berries.

 

Masos d'en Ferran vineyard is comprised of rich in black slate. The vineyard faces north and is located at ~2,290 feet above sea level. The elevation and slate allow grapes to ripen slow and late. The result is a more full-bodied, yet delicate wine that offers notes of undergrowth, cherry, and wild berries. This vineyard is the reason that Clos Abella wine has its refreshing taste.

Ownership: 

In the 12th century, Carthusian monks came to the Priorat region from France. They brought the grape varieties of Grenache and Carignan that have become synonymous with the region today.The Marco families have been growing wine in this area since the 15th century, which was well before the time of the first Catalonia census in 1497. In the late 19th century, the Marco family vines were struck by the plague of phylloxera that was also infesting vineyards across Europe. In 1898, Ramón Marco Abella was born in Porrera. Ramón made it his life's work to revive what had once been one of the best vineyards in the region. Just over a century later, his grandson David took the helm and invested in the modern facilities present today. The result is the Bodega Marco Abella; a winery that contributes to the prestige of the Priorat tradition.