Profile of Agustí Torelló Mata

Agustí Torelló Mata is one of the most prestigious sparkling wine producers in Spain and has arguably created more prestige for the reputation of Cava, than any other winery in the Penedès region of Catalunya. Their hard work and world-renowned expertise have proven that Cava – Spain’s only sparkling wine appellation – can rival the best Champagnes and sparkling wines in the world! Kripta for instance, their cult cava, is a collector’s wine and outstanding.

They have pursued this goal with single mindedness and determination like no other, creating exquisite, hand-crafted Cavas only based on indigenous varieties from the finest vineyards in the region. While their neighbors may have been tempted to include ever-increasing quantities of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (permitted under the D.O guidelines) this winery prefers to craft regionally expressive Cava that reflects the unique terroir of Penedès.

Agustí Torelló Mata came into existence in the 1950s after founding father Agustí Torelló decided to pursue his dream of creating a high-quality, premium sparkling winery in the legendary vineyard region of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, just south of Barcelona. He, in essence, set out to dispel the myth that Cava just means cheap sparkling wine, knowing that best terroirs in Penedès were unique and exceptional; they just needed someone to properly exploit them! At a young age, he decided not to follow in his families footsteps – who were actually tailors and musicians! – and he founded a small winery in 1950. What was then a brave endeavor with no guarantee of financial success was supported by his work in the region’s first wine analysis center, which Mata created in 1953. Supplementing his income by managing other estates, the reputation of Agustí Torelló’s Cava soon grew on the international stage, while the man himself established a promotional body – the Cava Guild- of which he was justifiably elected President of Honor.

The fine reputation of the estate and Agustí Torelló’s great work continued to grow into the 21st century, today the winery is still incapable family hands, managed by his four sons: Agustí, Gemma, Alex, and Lali. They have expanded their estate’s holdings to 35ha of organic vineyards and also buy in fruit from over 100 ha to cover their requirements. Their range of Cavas includes dry and very dry, low dosage styles, focusing solely on growing the indigenous varieties of the area with impressive results. All their Cavas are excellent, but the star of the show is undoubtedly their cuvee prestige, Kripta. The packaging is enough to cause a stir, a distinctive, amphora-shaped bottle with avant-garde label design.

The idea behind this special vintage bottling came to Agustí Torelló Mata at the family home in the late 1970s, 1979 to be precise, when he realized that his winery should make use of the oldest vineyards in Penedès to craft something truly unique. The wine is only produced in the most exceptional vintages, after an extended period of 5-6 years on its lees, Kripta emerges as a highly complex, full-bodied and rich Cava. The perfect ambassador for the exceptional sparkling wines of this estate! Taste their full range of flagship wines on our VIP wine tours from Barcelona, contact us for more information.

Wines produced

  • Brut Reserva Cava (NV)

    A varying blend of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel Lo. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottle aged for 24 months. A fresh fruit, sparkling wine for early consumption.

  • Brut Nature Gran Reserva Cava (NV)

    A varying blend of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel Lo. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottle aged for 36 months. A very dry style sparkling with low dosage (added sugar). A complex wine, perfect to match with seafood.

  • Brut Nature Gran Reserva Cava (NV)

    A varying blend of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel Lo. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottle aged for 60 months. A very dry style sparkling with low dosage (added sugar). A complex, aged cava that will continue to improve.

  • Brut Gran Reserva Cava (NV) Barrica

    100% Macabeo. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged in new French Oak for 6 months. Bottle aged for 30 months. A very dry style sparkling with low dosage (added sugar). A complex, aged cava that will continue to improve.

  • Rosat Trepat (NV)

    100% Trepat. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottled aged for 18 months. A rose style sparkling.

  • Bayanus 375

    A varying blend of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel Lo from old vines in the Penedes region. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottled aged for 24 months. A very dry style sparkling with low dosage (added sugar). A complex, aged cava that will continue to improve.

  • Bayanus Rosat

    100% Trepat from old vines in the Penedès region. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottled aged for 18 months. An elegant rose style sparkling.

  • Kripta Gran Reserva

    A varying blend of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel Lo from very old vines (plus 60 years) in the Penedès region. An exceptional terroir! Fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottle aged for 48 months. The prestige cava of the property, Kripta will improve for many years.

  • Subirat Parent XII (still wine)

    100% Subirat Parent. Organic vineyards. Fermented in stainless steel tanks. A fresh, fruity wine.

  • Xarel Lo

    100% Xarel Lo. Organic Vineyards. Fermented in stainless steel tanks. A fresh, fruity wine.

  • Macabeo

    100% Macabeo. Organic Vineyards. Fermented in French oak and aged on the less for 6 months.

Winery details

Agustí Torelló Mata

La Serra, s/n (cami de Ribalta) P.O Box, 35
CP 08770 Sant Sadurni d'Anoia.
Barcelona, Spain
Tel +34 93 891 11 73
Fax +34 93 891 26 16

Appellation
Cava (Penedes)
Founded
1950
Area under vine
36ha (owned) total: 112ha
Oak barrel origin
French barriques
Winemaker
Agustí Torelló Sibill, Lali Torelló Sibill, Gemma Torelló Sibill, Àlex Torelló Sibill.
Production
500,000 bottles
Grape varietals
Macabeo (Viura), Xarel Lo, Parellada, Trepat, Subirat Parent

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