The estate is located in the municipality of Sant Pau d'Ordal in the Spanish DO area Penedès
(Region Catalonia). It was founded in 1903 by Joan Albet i Rovirosa. This began to produce on the 13th century Finca "Can Vendrell de la Codina" wine. His successors Joan Albet i Rion and Joan Albet i Carbó built in 1925 the new cellar "Xapallà". The total property comprises 101 hectares of land, of which 76 hectares are used for viticulture. These lie on the mountain slopes of the western part of the Ordalgebirge. The white varieties Xarel-Lo, Parellada, Macabeu, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat de Alejandría, as well as the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Syrah, Merlot, Garnatxa Tinta, Petit Syrah, Arinarnoa and Caladoc cultivated. Josep María Albet i Noya started in 1978 as the first winemaker in Spain, the finca consistently ecologically to farm.
In this context, the use of sulfur is restricted, in fact 50% less than in traditional wineries. This is achieved by extreme hygiene in the basement, all equipment or points are cleaned with heated to 90 ° Celsius water. In the case of red wine, sulfur is used only after malolactic fermentation, and in white wine only after fermentation in small quantities. In the fermentation is with inert gas
worked to oxidation
to prevent. It produces a wide range of varietal wines and cuvées. In addition to still wines will too Cava
produced. In addition to the wine production, one also intensively deals with research. In 1998 a project was started to test old forgotten grape varieties and, if suitable, to plant and reproduce them. One of these reactivated vines is Rion