“René Barbier produces exceptional wines with a lovely touch of modernity and elegance.”
The soils in Catalunya are influenced by its Mediterranean climate and border to the Pyrenees. Growing conditions become progressively more arid as you get further inland. The diversity of soil types, mostly calcareous sediments mixed with alluvium, sandy soils, and clay allow the presence of some of the most renowned vineyards of Spain. Microclimates and great vineyards are also found on hidden scattered limestone deposits in the area.
A Passionate Lineage
Clos Mogador was established in 1982 in the village of Gratallops by René Barbier, one of Priorat’s Renaissance pioneers. In the late 70s these pioneers arrived and introduced French varietals and modern winemaking techniques. This led to the production of small quantities of exceptional wines, resulting in the promotion of Priorat to DOC status - the highest wine category in Spain. Clos Mogador consists of 13 hectares. Half of it is made of 80 year old Cariñena vines, while the remaining consists of young plantations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Syrah. Making wine in this region is a labour of love. Vineyards have to be worked manually and yields are very low. The steep sloped hills are often terraced, and soils consist mainly of shale. The deep roots of the vines penetrate the cracks in search of water during the dry summer months.