Partida Creus
VN Vinel-lo
Garnatxa Bl., Macabeu, Moscatell, Pansé, Parrellada, Vinyater, Xarel-lo
Penedes, Spain

When Antonella and Massimo moved from Italy to Spain, they didn’t know anything about wine. After a year in Barcelona, they wanted a farm and left for Penedes, an area famous for Cava. After initial farming plans, they quickly became interested in making wine, and in 2007 their first vintage was made. By now they have become one of the poster children in the natural wine world. It’s not just because of the very iconic label, but also because they use local grape varieties and experiment with different styles. Even if not all result in a great wine, they have my respect for what they achieved.

The VN is a field blend of 7 white grapes which are typically used to make Cava, but here they make great white wine. It is made with a day of skin contact to give it structure and then left in steel tanks to age. The result is a dangerously easy-to-drink love potion with aromas of ripe white fruit and flowers combined with lovely acidity to get you through any meal. I would try it with a mushroom risotto or raw fish.

This wine is part of
Volume 6: The Celebratory Edition