The idea for the winery came in 2006 when Belén Sánchez took Benjamin Romeo and Patxi Fernández to see the potential of winemaking in her home region of Catalonia near the Massis del Garraf. Both men fell in love with the dry rugged landscape and the calcareous cliffs at the seashore village of Garraf just south of Barcelona. In 2008 after finding a location for the winery in an older building dating back to 1936, the project began in earnest. The winery focuses on local varieties of Xarello and Garnacha Blanca sourced from single-estate plots influenced by their individual soil types and the Catalan coastal mountain range, which rises to 2,156 feet at its highest point inland. The grapes are hand-harvested from head-trained 80-year-old vines and reach the winery within two hours of picking without the use of herbicides. It’s exciting to see how Vins del Massis combines the voluminous body and aging potential of Garnacha Blanca with the taught linear qualities of Xarello and aromatics influenced by a pre-fermentation cold soak, lees aging, and the Mediterranean Sea.