Acustic Celler

Acústic (Catalan for ‘acoustic’), based in the town of Marçà, is housed in a 200-year-old cellar. All the grapes are hand-harvested and pressed in an old oak basket press before racking by gravity into tank and then barrel below for their various elevages. The labels for the entry-levels evoke both guitar and cello—the renowned Bach interpreter Pablo Casals having been born in proprietor Albert Jané’s nearby hometown of El Vendrell. In short, as the name implies, this project is a quest for ‘unplugged’ wine.  Acústic espouses a minimalist philosophy of respect for old vines, indigenous varieties, manual labor, and sensitive cellar handling. The core holdings are 35- to 80-year-old bush vines of Garnatxa and Carignan (with a particular emphasis on Carignan—also known locally as Samsó or Carinyena) sprinkled with Garnatxa Blanca, Macabeu, and a few other varieties. These are planted in poor, rocky soil and tended and harvested by hand at extremely low yields for an intense natural concentration of flavor without heaviness. The goal, in Jané’s own words: “expressing and revindicating the quality and singularity of traditional viticulture against the globalization of international varieties and modern winemaking style.”