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Cal Batllet – Celler Ripoll Sans

Cellers Ripoll Sans was established in 2000 when Marc Ripoll, a young man in his early twenties, returned to the […]

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Cal Batllet – Celler Ripoll Sans

Cellers Ripoll Sans was established in 2000 when Marc Ripoll, a young man in his early twenties, returned to the Priorat to restore his family’s winery in the village of Gratallops. Prior to his arrival, the harvest from the family’s estate vineyards was sold to the local cooperative. Over the last few years, Marc has renovated the old winery and built Closa Battlet into one of the leading estates in the village.

While preserving the historical structure of the winery, Marc has updated the building to incorporate modern winemaking techniques, though always in small volumes and in a highly manual way. Its production is based on grape selections from its estate vineyards, some as old as 90 years, cultivated on hillsides with slate soil. The wines made in this way have their own unique personality stemming from the endeavor to convey all the special features of the terrain.

For many years Marc Ripoll produced a single wine from the estates holding in Gratallops and Torroja del Priorat but being an early adopter of the terroir based designation, Vi de Vila, he now makes several cuvées expressive of individual sites including a white wine from the nearly extinct and indigenous Escanyavella grape. Perhaps the best varietal name ever, it translates into English as the “widow choker” for its natural high acidity.

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“The winery, also known as Cal Batllet, was created in the year 2000 using an old family winery in the village of Gratallops. They produce around 20,000 bottles per year of concentrated, modern, powerful wines”

– Luis Gutierrez
Catalonia, Spain
  • Location
    Catalonia, Spain
  • Primary Appellation
    Priorat
  • Proprietor
    Marc Ripoll
  • Winemaker
    Marc Ripoll
  • Size / Elevation
    10 hectares / 200-450 meters
  • Age of Vines
    10-100 years
  • Farming
    Biodynamic
  • Varieties
    Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Escanyavella
  • Portfolio
    Eric Solomon Selections

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