Agustí Torelló Mata Winery Guide
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 world’s best Champagnes and sparkling wines! Kripta, for instance, their cult cava, is a collector’s wine and outstanding.
They have pursued this goal with single-mindedness and determination, creating exquisite, hand-crafted Cavas only on indigenous varieties from the region’s finest vineyards. 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 set out to dispel the myth that Cava means cheap sparkling wine, knowing that the best terroirs in Penedès were unique; they just needed someone to exploit them properly! So he decided not to follow in his family’s footsteps at a young age – who were tailors and musicians! – and he founded a small winery in 1950. 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, Agustí Torelló’s Cava’s reputation soon grew on the international stage. Simultaneously, he 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 in the capable 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 area’s indigenous varieties with impressive results. All their Cavas are excellent, but the show’s star is undoubtedly their cuvee prestige, Kripta. The packaging is enough to cause a stir, a distinctive, amphora-shaped bottle with an 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!
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) Barrica100% 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 375A 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 Rosat100% 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 ReservaA 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 Lo100% Xarel Lo. Organic Vineyards. Fermented in stainless steel tanks. A fresh, fruity wine.
Macabeo100% Macabeo. Organic Vineyards. Fermented in French oak and aged on the less for 6 months.
Facts & Figures
Area under Vine
36ha (owned) total: 112ha
Age of vines
Oak barrel origin
Agustí Torelló Sibill, Lali Torelló Sibill, Gemma Torelló Sibill, Àlex Torelló Sibill.
Macabeo (Viura), Xarel Lo, Parellada, Trepat, Subirat Parent
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
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Trepat is a red grape variety native to northeastern Spain, specifically the Catalonia region. It produces light-to-medium-bodied wines with low tannins and high acidity, making them particularly well-suited to sparkling wine production. Trepat is gaining popularity among wine enthusiasts for its unique flavor profile and versatility in winemaking.
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