Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Agenda


Millésime Bio, Come and taste our wines at Millesime Bio, Montpellier from the 24th to 26th of January, with Josep Jové Miquel Terrado.

Enolia, On the 31st of January Gemma Soler will be in Bilbao at the Guggenheim Museum to offer you our wines and cavas.
Biofach, Once again we will attend one of the most important ecological wine Fairs between the 16th and 19th of February in Nuremberg.

We end the year with 8 more medals awarded in Navarra

Before closing the year 2010, our cellar will have obtained 5 silver medals and 3 bronze, achieved in the last National Ecological Wine competition in Estella, Navarra. On this occasion the silver medal awarded wines were: Lignum Blanc 09, Tempranillo Clàssic 09, Syrah Col·lecció 07, Reserva Martí 06 and Milana 06.

And bronze, Cava Brut Nature Gran Reserva, Brut Petit Albet and Lignum Negre (Red) 08. These 8 medals in the same competition are a clear indication of the high level of quality with which Albet i Noya makes all of its wines and, according to Josep M.Albet, this is due to: " the continuous work we do in revitalising the land and the old vines can be appreciated in all the wines, excellent work is also being carried out in the cellar, extracting fine fruits and searching for elegant wines, but undoubtedly the fantastic lands at Costers d’Ordal are what give us most quality, especially in concentration and minerals. "Our cellar, with a large difference, obtained more distinctions that any other (the only one to get more than two medals) in the VI edition of this competition, which was even more difficult this year as the competition rules meant that the number of awarded wines could not exceed 30.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Martí 2006 Reserve, two gold medals in Germany and Switzerland


Martí 2006 Reserve has been simultaneously awarded in two international competitions: Expovina 2010 in Switzerland and MundusVini 2010 in Germany.

Along with the medal obtained in Biofach 2010, last February, we now have three gold medals for the 2006 harvest that went on sale just one year ago.

The Martí Reserve has always been one of the most highly valued Albet i Noya wines throughout the world, competing with ecological and conventional wines, and being the first reserve made at the Finca de Can Vendrell, taking on the name "Martí" after the son of Josep Maria, who “created” both.

The Martí Reserve is always a coupage of Tempranillo, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, with a crianza of two years in new French oak barrels and another year in the bottle.

Both Expovina and MundusVini are world-wide recognised competitions due to the large number of participating wines, on this occasion there were 2.382 and 5.883 respectively, which are referenda to the subtle elegance and quality of our wine.

Albet i Noya prize-winner in the 3rd edition of Tàstum


Our cellar has been recognised and awarded in the third edition of the Catalonia Agro-alimentary Forum. These awards are organised by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Action with the aim of easing the relationship between producers, transformers, distributors and chefs to stimulate a debate about the future that this sector has to follow, the first industrial sector in Catalonia.

According to the jury’s verdict, made up of prestigious professionals, the Tàstum Vine and Wine Production award has gone to Josep Maria Albet, in recognition of his efforts, determination and career in ecological wines. As technical director, Josep Maria received the prize in representation of the ecological cellar.

For Josep Maria this an award that he feels very proud of and said so to the whole team: ..."Therefore it is a recognition that I think we should all be proud of, although it was awarded to me in person without the team behind me I am sure it would not have been given to me, and the efforts that I spoke about are those made by everybody."

The award ceremony was held on the 18th of October in the National Theatre of Catalonia, presided by the President of the Catalan Government, José Montilla, accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Action, Joaquim LLena.

Start of the grape harvest


The Chardonnay harvest started last 27th of August.

Around one pm the first tractor, driven by Martí Albet, entered with 3360kg of grapes.

According to the data from our laboratory this chardonnay to make Cava is 10º, has 6g/l acidity and 3.4PH.

The harvest has been done and the selection made by hand so that only the highest quality grapes are used, leaving in the vineyard those that did not reach an adequate level.

Building of the new cellar


Albet y Noya increases capacity by 20% with the building of a new 500m2 cellar that holds 220.000 more litres.

The new cellar is located in the main estate of Can Vendrell, in the municipality of St.Pau de Ordal.

This new area is for the fermentation of red wines and there is a special area for top range red wines. To elaborate these wines 4 cement deposits of 6000 litres have been incorporated. These latest generation French tanks incorporate a new technology that will allow the wines to breath better, expressing and boosting the fruit and, at the same time, making them smoother. This type of deposit is specially meant for top range red wines.

Before the building of this new area there was what we called the Pallissa in this part of the Can Vendrell estate, a room where there were some wine barrels for crianza, and for this reason the new cellar will surely keep this name; and it will be called the new Pallissa cellar, therefore making a set of spaces with the cellar from 1925 and the new cellar of Xapallà finished in 2004.

Ecoracimos 2010



The Tempranillo Clàssic and the 3Macabeus have been awarded with Gold Medals in the 2010 Ecoracimos Ecological Wine Competition, held in Cordoba last June.

Our wines, along with Gran Gotanya from Terra Alta, have been the only Catalan wines to be awarded and the only ones from the Penedès D.O.

In its 11th edition and with an increase of 20% in presented wines, the Ecoracimos Competition aims to demonstrate the growing prestige and quality of ecological wines.


4th Gastronomic Season of the Melocotón de Ordal (Ordal Peach)


The 4th Gastronomic Season of the Ordal Peach is based on the fusion of special dishes prepared by 21 different restaurants in Penedès, with peach along with the sweet wine Dolç les Timbes, especially made in the Albet i Noya cellar for this occasion.

There are several objectives during these days; to create a gastronomic offer in Penedès with cultural and quality added value, with an attractive proposal for a public that is basically national. Also, to promote the Ordal peach and its marriage with our white wine made with the Viogner variety, pressed and created exclusively for the marriage with the Ordal peach, but also with other white fruits like pears, melons, apples, etc...

The activity will be complemented and promoted in the Ordal peach market that takes place in the village of St.Pau on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months.

In this way the municipality will become known as a region of indigenous products and unique personality.

This idea was the initiative of the Albet i Noya cellar and in the first year had the collaboration of the Subirats Tourism Board, the next year it was joined by the Alt Penedès Consortium for Tourism Promotion, with the aim of joining forces and making it even better known.

This year, in order to make the events more attractive, various types of incentives have been created; one for restaurants that will be awarded for the best dish, valuing the marriage with Dolç les Timbes and another prize for three couples who have tried these marriages that consists of a day in Penedès to enjoy a free visit to our cellar plus a lot of three products, lunch at one of the winning restaurants and a cultural visit in Penedès.

In addition to this, the famous gastronomy critic Pere Tàpies has been chosen to follow up on the restaurants and give them points and another taster will go incognito so that the marking is more objective.

We should point out that this 4th Season has been very well received by the restaurants and has gone from 15 restaurants to 21, and they are:

Cal Pere del Maset, Cal Saldoni, Cal Xim (St.Pau), Cal Xim Barcelona, Restaurant Cantallops, Cal Pelegrí, Sol i Vi, Cal Blay Vint-i-cinc, Hotel Fonda Neus, La Posada, Cal Ton, El Gat Blau, La Pérgola, El Mercat, Ca l'Agustí, Cal Recolons, Restaurante Cal Maties, Cal Diari, Negre Fum, El Cigró d'Or, Restaurant el Bosc.

During the presentation of the 4th Season the peach producers have given a box of peaches to each restaurant so they can start to create their first synergies.

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