Built on 150 years of history and tradition, Familia Torres continues to be one of the most renowned wine producers in Spain. Torres family roots date back even further, residing in the Penedès region for over 300 years. Today, Familia Torres produce quality wine from 9 DOs across Spain showcasing the most esteemed terroirs that embody tradition and innovation. Miguel Torres Maczassek, the fifth generation of the family, is at the helm and upholds the family values of respect, cooperation, excellence, vitality and curiosity.
In Catalonia, the winery produces the Familia Torres collection, showcasing their premiere wines in the region they’ve inhabited for centuries. Extending further, Familia Torres produce the Properties collection, which showcases some of Spain’s most well-known wine regions. With reliable quality and a true sense of history, Torres is a pillar of the wine community, and uses their reputation to advocate for environmental initiative, social responsibility, and fair trade as a way of ensuring the continuity of wine production. With Torres, wine is an essential part of community, environment, and tradition, and is, above all, a celebration of life.
In 2020, Familia Torres Winery is celebrating their 150th anniversary, but the family’s roots extend even farther than that. The first mention of the Torres wine family was in 1557, but the winery wasn’t established until 1870, when the profits from the family shipping company made it possible to enter the commercial wine space.
Miguel Torres Vendrell founded the company, and since then, the family has passed on the winery (and the name Miguel) steadfastly from generation to generation. They hit a setback when the winery was bombed during the Spanish civil war, but Miguel Torres i Carbó rebuilt, and began the bottling and exporting of the wine.
In 1991, Miguel A. Torres took the reigns, and remains president today. He made remarkable strides in environmental advocacy, social responsibility, fair trade, and research and innovation. Since 2012, Miguel Torres Maczassek has been at the helm, and has continued his father’s work, while also embarking on his own projects. Recognized year after year and Drinks Internationals’ “World’s Most Admired Wine Brand,” the story of Familia Torres is a known and respected one throughout Spain and the world.
Having been in the region for five generations, the Torres family has seen first hand the effects of climate change on the land, and are committed to protecting it for future generations. In 2008, they established the Torres & Earth Project – a commitment to reduce CO2 emissions across their business by 30% by 2020 – a goal which they accomplished! Their programs include reforestation, forest management, and biological waste water treatment and purification, along with rainwater storage, carbon capture and reuse, biomass boiling, solar panels, electric vehicles, and geothermal heating and cooling. They also have an ongoing search for plots of land that have the potential to withstand changes in climate. With the remarkable success of the project, Familia Torres decided to escalate their goals, and are now aiming to cut emissions by 80% by 2050!
Their dedication to preserving the environment extends beyond their own projects, and in 2019 they co-founded the International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) with California-based Jackson Family wines. The steadily growing organization promotes an industry-wide decrease in carbon emissions, and is open to wineries across the world. Membership indicates a commitment to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, and aim to be climate positive (removing greenhouse gas from the air) by 2050.
In addition to their commitment to sustainability, they also convey their respect for the land by searching out and cultivating ancestral and indigenous varietals. In keeping with their values of tradition and innovation, they use these ancient grapes to create new and exciting, very limited production wines.
Torres Perpetual Priorat is made from Cariñena and Garnacha
Perpetual is a wine born of time and terrain. The old Garnacha and Cariñena vines are between 80 and 100 years old and grow on steep, rocky slopes. Llicorella (slate) is the essence of this beautifully concentrated wine with great personality. The parcels are small and located near several villages of El Priorat. They belong to local winegrowers, but undergo rigorous controls to ensure that the fruit is of the highest quality. Perpetual is a tribute to the well-aging Priorat wines, intense, full of character and born to defeat time.
An elegant and harmonious red, displaying characteristics found in only the finest Cariñena and Garnacha blends. The combination of Priorat’s llicorella soil and temperate growing conditions yields medium bodied expression with highly approachable phenolic qualities. An exotic blend of ripe forest fruit, Mediterranean herbs, mineral nuances, and toasted holiday spice. An age worthy wine that drinks beautifully today.
Schisty aromas of iron and steel are hard to miss on a nose with earthy but fully ripe berry scents. This textbook Priorat blends minerally grip with creamy weight and pulpy ripe flavors of black cherry and black plum, while the finish is slightly sweet and on the easy side, indicating an open drinking window of now through 2026. Michael Schachner
-Wine Enthusiast 94 Points
Capitain Gagnerot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru is made from 100 percent Pinot Noir.
SOILSChalky soil with fossils from the Bajocian era mixed with red clay and laves. Heavy earth containing iron.
VINIFICATION / MATURING
Harvested by hand, sorted and destemed.
Alcoholic fermentation in open vats, for about 15 days with 2 punch-down a day at the beginning.
Maturation in oak barrels (10% new barrels) for 12 to 15 months.
Colour : Deep garnet red.
Nose : Black fruits aromas (blackcurrant, blueberry).
Mouth : Strong structure and powerfull tannins. After 10 to 15 years of ageing, it turns to crystallized fruits aromas with a long finish.
Game in a sauce, Burgundy cheese (Citeaux)
Pernot Belicard Meursault Vieille Vignes is made from 100 percent.
The wine is produced from old vines Chardonnay coming from a small parcel of 1.63 acres in the village of Meursault.
This wine offers stone fruit aromas on the nose combined with tropical fruit notes and a hint of toasted oak. The mouth is wide and rich. Complex and textured, bright acidity, a good tension that brings length and balance to the wine that finishes on mineral and citrus fruits.
Pair with Ham with Epoisse cream, Burgundy Snails, Pyrénées sheep’s milk cheese.