Marco Abella – Porrera – Priorat

Marco Abella is the personal project by David Marco and his wife Olivia Bayés which are the proud restarters of this saga of Priorat winemakers that began about 500 years ago but eventually came to an end by the 19th century, as the phylloxera plagues hit and devastated the entire region. By then, David’s grandfather had to move to Barcelona for a different living and stayed.

Two generations later, in 1999, David and Olivia decided to quit their respective previous jobs as telecom engineer and lawyer in search for a rather more relaxed country life style. The relaunching of Marco Abella took another five years after the recovery of the old family vines covering up to 23 hectares, so the first brand new vintage came in 2004.  One year later, they were able to operate in their very own cellar, in which they currently produce about 50,000 bottles every year.

Compared to other Priorat winemakers, Marco Abella’s techniques are kind of unusual (e.g. cryomaceration of grapes and using concrete tanks instead of oak or stainless steel containers for ageing the wine).

Marco Abella DOQ Priorat wines