Monday, April 18, 2011

And before going on holiday...we add a few more medals


2 Gold medals, 4 Silver medals and 3 Bronze, awards gained in the last edition of the Estella Navarra Ecological Wine Competition.
In total 9 wines from our cellar were given awards:

Syrah Col·lecció-Gold

Chardonnay Col·lecció-Gold

Xarel·lo Clàssic-Silver

Petit Albet Cava-Silver

Lignum Blanc-Silver

Reserva Martí-Silver

Finca la Milana-Bronze

Tempranillo Clàssic-Bronze

Rosat Clàssic-Bronze

And from Germany, three more awards arrived from the Berliner Competition.
On this occasion the awards have been for three wines that are exclusively produced for exportation and that are very well accepted in the German market:

Vinya Laia Negre-Gold

Cava Espriu-Gold

San Domingo Carmín-Silver

And finally, the Giroví awards, in which 3 of the 4 wines we presented were given Bronze medals, the Chardonnay Col·lecció, the Milana and the Reserva Martí.


New Image for the Classic


The new 2010 Albet i Noya Clàssic, comes out with a new image for these three wines: Xarel·lo for whites, Pinot Noir for rosés and Tempranillo for reds.

This range now has a more colourful and modern label. The label for the "clàssic " has stopped being so traditional and has taken on more up-to-date, avant-garde lines.

Undoubtedly, the image stands out for its clarity in having substituted the cypresses with small feathers, for a "Gerard Medina" watercolour and its pastel but bright colours, colours that subliminally identify the product inside very well.

For the Xarel·lo Clàssic, the dominant colour is green with hints of yellows that aim to express a young white wine, fresh, aromatic, with hints of white almond tree flowers, green apple, tasting of comfits and apple, being the genuine expression of Xarel·lo when it is made into wine and consumed as a young wine and, if consumed in its second, third or even fourth year, it evolves towards more complex notes, acquiring volume in the mouth and expressing the minerals of the calcareous lands of Costers de Ordal, the area where Xarel·lo offers its maximum expression.

The pinkish cypresses of the Pinot Noir Merlot Clàssic identify a fruity rosé wine with hints on the nose of red fruits like currants, berries, strawberries or cherries, which are the body of this great 2010 rosé wine.

The Tempranillo label is very much related to the colour of this wine in the glass, Tempranillo has those dark reds, high tonality, (especially when it is young) nearly fuchsia and even in the glass makes a bit of a violet crown, denoting the fruitiness on the nose where we find the clear signs of berries and liquorice as well as cherry comfit and, in the mouth, the silkiness we find seems like the same texture as the paper the label is made of.

The change has been made following the line that the labels had in previous years so that the public can easily identify the wines, but we wanted to call their attention and make the labels more attractive for young people who are starting out in the world of wines, looking for wines that easily express themselves, visually as well as in the tasting sensations and with a good price-quality relationship.

Therefore, 2010 is expected to be excellent for these new classics too, classics with a total air of quality that bet on modernity and youth for its wines as well as its public.

Awarded by the Ministry of the Environment

This is now the second official recognition for our cellar that currently produces more than 1.200.000 bottles, exporting 85% of the production to 23 countries and selling the remaining 15% in Catalonia, our second country in sales volume.

Undoubtedly, the 33 years experience in the ecological wine and cava sector and the philosophy implanted by Josep Maria Albet from 1978, continue permeating in our company: " we are very self-demanding and also with our viticulturists as, apart from the fact that the grape must be ecological, it is essential that it is of the highest quality, the only way to make great wines and paying the best prices in the whole Penedès."

With this award the Ministry distinguishes all the sectors that take part in the food chain and that spread the excellent work being carried out by professionals and entities that participate in the process in some way.

Apart from Albet i Noya, in this edition, only one other Catalan company will receive an Award for Agrarian Production, and that is Embutidos Salgot de Vic, which started a year ago producing ecological pork meats from pigs raised on its own farm.
The award ceremony and where it will be held have still to be announced.

Biochar, a new treatment for our vineyards

Albet i Noya continues its in depth research into high level ecological viniculture and it now treats its vines with a preparation based on charcoal coming from wood and all types of organic materials, thanks to a process called "pyrolysis", with which they themselves later make into a compost with manure from ecological cows and therefore avoid antibiotic residues that greatly reduce manure’s microbial activity.

This type of charcoal, also called BIOCHAR, is made with a continuous process machine that transforms any type of organic material into coal, meaning that the CO2 stored in wood is blocked in the soil for 300 years whereas, applying wood directly to the subsoil, the return cycle of CO2 to the atmosphere is just 10 years, therefore producing C02 storage that reduces the CO2 emission levels in crops and wine production, which, according to Josep Maria Albet::" With this new technique we can achieve emission levels of 0 and we believe that it could even generate rights to surplus CO2 that could even be sold to reduce emissions caused by other activities.”

It should be remembered that a gram of coal has a surface area of 300 m2 spread over fine layers full of micro capsules that, once composted with manure, store a large quantity of micro organisms that significantly increase the biological activity of the soil and therefore its fertility.

Historically, this coal was used by some Amazon tribes that made coal bunkers with the vegetable materials from the forests that they cleared to create cultivation areas in poor soil fertilised with this coal.

This has been the missing link to confirm the existence of large numbers of people who lived in tribes and on lands where they doubted whether the poor soil could provide them with alimentation.

Biofach Awards

Albet i Noya returns from Germany with three more awards under its arm.

On February 16th Josep Jové, our Export Director, collected the three silver medals that were awarded to the following wines: Finca la Milana 2006,Chardonnay Col·lecció 2009, and Can Milà de la Roca, a special wine elaborated for the German market.

The award ceremony was held during the Biofach Fair, which is held in Nuremberg every year.

Josep Maria Albet highlighted that the Fair is "a very important meeting point for ecological wines given that it is one of the first fairs on a European scale and even at world level and even though there are other sectors apart from wines."

Jay Miller visits Albet i Noya



Jay Miller, the Robert Parker Spanish wine critic, comes to Penedès.

Taking advantage of his stay in the region to taste wines and cavas in situ, Miller came to our cellars to get to know the estate better and the different wines and cavas that we make here.

Josep Maria Albet welcomed him and they visited the vineyards and extensively tasted the various products that can be found in the North American market and the experimental varieties that are only produced by Albet i Noya.

Miller’s visit was organised by Incavi (Catalan Wine Institute)), with the aim of getting to know Catalan wines and their denominations of origin in the territory itself. Pancho Campo, the State’s First Master of Wine was in charge of coordinating the visit and accompanying the famous writer of Wine Advocate.

Award ceremony for the best three restaurants in the 4th Gastronomic Season of the Ordal Peach.




The gastronomy journalist and singer, Pere Tapies, as a member of the jury, was in charge of explaining the tasting and selection process for the best marriages in this 4th Gastronomic Season of the Ordal Peach, which took place on Monday 20th December in the plenary room of the Subirats Town Hall, (St.Pau d'Ordal).

From the 21 restaurants from the D.O Penedès region that participated this year, those that made the best marriage with a dish based on the Ordal peach and our sweet wine "Dolç les Timbes", were, in first place: the restaurant Cal Xim from St.Pau d'Ordal, in second place Cal Recolons from St.Martí Sarroca and in third place, Gat Blau from Vilafranca.

The winners received a sculpture of the letter "V", made of forged iron, that corresponds to the “Republic of letters” collection by the sculptor Josep Massana. These three dimensional letters will be awarded every year in the next editions of the Peach Season until the words: vino y melocotón (wine and peach) are completed.

Pere Tàpies gave the First Prize to Santi Amigó, owner of Cal Xim. Josep Ribas, Director of D.O Penedès, gave the Second Prize to Remei Recolons, from the restaurant in Sant Martí and Josep Maria Albet, representing Albet i Noya and as promoters and sponsors of the event, gave the Third Prize to Olga Guasch, manager of Gat Blau.

The lottery was also held to give a prize to three couples who tasted the marriage between Ordal Peach and Dolç les Timbes, which consisted in spending a day in Penedès with a guided visit to Albet i Noya plus a lot of three wines, lunch in one of the winning restaurants and a cultural visit in Penedès. Two raffles tickets named the Restaurante Gat Blau and the third the Restaurante Ca l'Agustí from Sant Martí.

The Gastronomic Season of the Ordal Peach started in 2007, through the initiative of Albet i Noya, with the aim of creating a gastronomic offer in Penedès, adding value to these autochthonous, nearby and exceptional quality products like the Ordal peach and the Dolç les Timbes wine.

Pere Guilera, President of the Subirats Tourist Board, representatives from the Town Hall and Ordal Peach Producers who participated in promoting this initiative, also attended the awards ceremony.

The Peach Season proposal was highly rated by all who assisted; restaurant owners, producers, promoters and the authorities, as it is a way of creating synergies between different agents to provide added value to all the agents, not just one municipality, but the whole Penedès, so that the region becomes well-known for its autochthonous, quality products with their unique personality.

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