Celler Pardas is part of the new generation of producers in Catalonia focussing on their terroirs and indigenous grapes such as Xarel.lo, Macabeo and Sumoll. The project began in 1996 when local winegrowers Ramón Parera and Jordi Arnan bought the Can Comas estate in Alt Penedés. The medieval farmhouse was surrounded by 60 hectares of forest, pasture and scrub land cut through by the Bitlles River. They cleared some areas and started planting cuttings shortly after. Their vineyards are scattered across three main sites with varied soil profiles, ranging from rocky clay and limestone terraces to deep alluvial soils. Their focus is preserving the balance and health of their land, they farm organically without irrigation, and aim to work in partnership with nature. The wines can be divided into three categories: whites are based on Xarel.lo; Sumoll is the star of the reds, the freshness and long ripening cycle perfectly suits the area and an age of global warming; and they also make some reds with international varietals. It took them a while to produce wines they were happy to put their name to, the first estate wines released were from the 2004 vintage. We think it was well worth waiting for such authentic and delicious wines which speak unashamedly of their origin.