Gratavinum

In 2003, Joan and Josep Cusiné, along with their wives Maria Elena Jiménez and Marta Casas (the winemakers at Parés Baltà), and winemaker Jordi Fernandez, started a new and exciting project in the Priorat region. That was the beginning of Gratavinum, the name of which is derived from Gratallops - the name of the village where the winery is located - and Vinum - which means wine in Latin - in homage to the Romans who introduced the cultivation of vines to this part of Spain many centuries ago.

Between Gratallops and Poboleda, hidden amongst the emblematic mountains of Priorat, are the vineyard terraces rich in Llicorella (a slate and quartz soil) where the old vines produce powerful, structured wines. Carinyena (Carignan) and Garnatxa (Grenache) are the indigenous grape varieties typical of the region, but Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are two newcomers that have adapted well to the harsh climate and to the poor soil. Undoubtedly, the nature of the Llicorela provides the wines with part of their magic, namely the distinctive mineral character of the wines of Priorat.

In accordance with their philosophy of always being respectful to the environment and to biodiversity, the Cusiné family cultivate all of their vineyards organically, without pesticides or herbicides. They do not irrigate their vines so that the roots penetrate the stony ground as deeply as possible, finding the rainwater reatined in the soil and thereby withstanding periods of drought.
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