Having fallen into disrepair after the Spanish Civil War, the Can Comas estate was made up of 30 hectares of Mediterranean forest, an additional 30 hectares of pasture, a derelict medieval country house and various farming buildings. Purchasing the property in 1996, Ramon Parera and Jordi Arnan embarked on a painstaking process of planting new vineyards that reﬂected this unique part of Penedès and restoring the industrial and residential buildings.
Most importantly, the partners developed an approach which they’ve named “Conception Wine.” Irrigation is kept to a minimum, allowing vintage conditions to be expressed. The vineyards are worked as little as possible, natural vegetation growth around the vines is encouraged and fertilizers are avoided. Low-interventionist viniﬁcation processes and low-tech cellar work are also employed.
The result are highly personal, terroir-driven wines that are at once both unique and delicious.
Deserving of special mention is his treatment of Sumoll: a much discredited grape that ultimately was excluded from the Penedès D.O. because it was viewed to yield poor quality wine. Pardas has shown an ability to obtain from it a stunning Rosé and the completely delicious Sus Scrofa.