Mas La Mola, Priorat


Alessandro Marchesan

Alessandro's Wines

Celler Mas La Mola is the continuation of a tradition that began in 1860 by the Ferrando family. Viticulture and winemaking was taken over by Jordi Masdeu Catala and Alessandro Marchesan. The 7 hectare property of old vine Garnatxa and Carinyena, as well as old vine Garnatxa Blanca and Macabeo are elaborated in the 150 year old “Boutique Winery” in Poboleda that reminds us of the passion and knowledge with which they used to look after the vineyards in the last century, and have made possible the preservation of the vines that today are our main source to produce quality wines.

The vineyards are planted in two different areas in the Poboleda district at 350-450 meters above sea level. The 35 year old Macabeo vines used for their white wine Mas la Mola Blanc are grown on low-yielding gravel soils next to a river which provides vital irrigation to the root system during the hot summer. The other 30% is comprised of old vine Garnatxa Blanca which is planted on llicorella slate slopes with an average production of 450 grams per vine-stock, or about 2 bunches per plant. A percentage of the wine is stored on the fine lees in stainless steel tanks for more than 4 months, and the rest is full barrel fermented and matured for 6 months in new French Allier oak barrels. The vines used for their red Mas la Mola Negre are planted in different parcels in the Poboleda district, in a unique terroir of llicorella slate slopes that are identified by solar orientation, unique microclimate, varietals and different vines-stocks within varietals between 35 to 70 years old Garnatxa and Carinyena.

Each vineyard and grape variety is vinified and aged separately, which gives them a great variety of blending possibilities for the final blend of Mas la Mola. Only the best barrels from each year are used for the final blend.