Albet I Noya Winery Guide
Passionate, driven, and dangerously talented, Josep Albet I Noya embodies the extraordinary quality improvements that have recently transformed the Penedès wine region. Nestled a mere stone’s throw away from Barcelona, the birthplace of Cava, this region is increasingly gaining recognition as a hub of outstanding red and white wines, mainly owing to the dynamic and energetic efforts of families like the Albet I Noya clan.
The Albet family’s involvement in winemaking spans over a century, beginning when Josep’s ancestor, Joan, acquired the Can Vendrell estate in 1903. Recognizing the immense potential of the local terroir for crafting premium wines, Joan Albet undertook the task of replanting the vineyards devastated by the phylloxera epidemic in the 19th century. His dedication culminated in establishing the estate’s first winery in 1925, a historical site that still stands proudly.
Throughout successive generations, the Albet I Noya family has faithfully managed the property, with the current custodianship resting in the capable hands of brothers Josep and Antoni Albet y Noya. Their most noteworthy contribution is their conversion to organic grape cultivation, a groundbreaking initiative that took root in the 1970s when a Danish customer expressed a desire for organic wine—something unheard of in Penedès then. Undeterred by the skepticism of the wider community, Josep became Spain’s first producer to embrace organic viticulture, eventually earning certification in 1995. Today, he stands at the forefront of the organic winemaking movement in Spain, leading the way for his peers.
The Albet I Noya family continues to showcase the immense potential for crafting exceptional wines in Penedès. Despite often being overshadowed by the more renowned Rioja wine region, a visit to the Can Vendrell estate reveals the undeniable need for broader recognition in this corner of Spain. This revelation becomes even more apparent when savoring the remarkable Reserva Marti, a wine of formidable intensity boasting dark, spicy berry fruit flavors that leave an indelible impression. It is akin to experiencing St Emilion on an unparalleled level of richness and complexity.
Reserva MartiA varying blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. After fermentation in stainless steel vats the wine is aged for 2 years in new French oak and 3 further years in bottle. Only organic grapes are used.
Elblanc XXVA varying blend of Viognier, Vidal and Marina Rion. After fermentation in stainless steel vats a percentage of the wine is aged in French oak, the remaining percentage is aged on its lees in stainless steel tanks. Only organic grapes are used.
La MilanaA varying blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Caladoc. After fermentation in stainless steel vats the wine is aged for 13 months in new French oak. Only organic grapes are used.
Belat100% Belat. After fermentation in stainless steel vats the wine is aged for 12 months in 500L French oak. Only organic grapes are used.
Dolc AdriaA varying blend of Syrah and Merlot. A fortified wine style that is aged in French and American oak for 2 years. Only organic grapes are used.
Collecio Syrah100% Syrah. After fermentation in stainless steel vats the wine is aged for 14 months in a mixture of French and American oak. Only organic grapes are used.
Collecio Chardonnay100% Chardonnay. The wine is fermented in oak and then aged for 8 months in French barriques, with regular battonage (lees stirring). Only organic grapes are used.
Lignum NegreA varying blend of Syrah, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. After fermentation in stainless steel vats the wine is aged for 12 months in French oak and a further 4 months in bottle. Only organic grapes are used.
Lignum BlancA varying blend of Chardonnay, Xarel-lo and Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are fermented in a mixture of oak and stainless steel. The Chardonnay is aged in oak barrels for 2 months. Only organic grapes are used.
3 Macabeus100% Macabeo. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and bottled without oak influence. Only organic grapes are used.
Brut 2157% Chardonnay, 43% Parellada. After the initial fermentation, the wine is then subject to a secondary fermentation in bottle. Aged for 15 months on its lees before disgorgement.
Facts & Figures
Area under Vine
Age of vines
30 years+ Low yields
Oak barrel origin
Josep Albet I Noya
Albet I Noya family
1.200.000 bottles per annum, depending on the vintage
Tempranillo, Garnacha, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Viura, Garnacha Blanca, Xarel-lo, Parellada, Moscatell, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling
Grape Varieties Used by the Winery
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The sauvignon blanc grape varietal, originally from the Bordeaux region of France, is now one of the world's most loved white varieties.Find out more
Viognier comes from the northern Rhône valley AOC of Condrieu and is where its most famous white wines are produced.Find out more
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Garnacha: Spain's Red Gem. Akin to Pinot Noir, it bridges terroir and winemaking, crafting captivating expressions.Find out more
Merlot is the most cultivated grape in Bordeaux and closely related to Cabernet FrancFind out more
Pinot noir is a light-bodied red wine varietal closely related to the Vitis vinifera grape and produces the most sought-after red wines in the world.Find out more
Syrah is dark-skinned and perhaps the most underrated of the 'noble' red grape varieties.Find out more
Discover Tempranillo: Spain's iconic red grape. From Ribera del Duero to Toro, it yields concentrated wines. Explore its synonyms and unleash its prowess.Find out more
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