Mas Candí / Ramon Jané

Location

Les Gunyoles d’Avinyonet, Alt Penedès

Soil

Calcareous clay

Farming

Sustainable, Organic (cert), Bio (practicing)

Winemaking

Low intervention


In 2006, Ramon Jané, along with his wife Mercè Cuscó and friend and oenologist Toni Carbó, recaptured his grandfather’s tradition, by vinifying a portion of his own grapes - always before, these had been sold to the large Cava houses. They remain winegrowers foremost, tending 40 hectares of organically certified vines on the inland edge of the Garraf massif, following biodynamic practices to craft wines born in the vineyards, with the minimum of intervention.

Through centuries of experience, the Jané family have attuned their farming to be best for the indigenous Xarel·lo, accounting for 50% of their vines, with old plots up to 60 years old. Along with Macabeo, Parellada and the red Sumoll, they are keen to nurture other local varieties including Malvasía, white Trobat and red Mandó. Ramon and Mercé sell their Chardonnay crop to other quality producers such as Raventós i Blanc, but make a Cabernet Sauvignon, Les Forques, from head pruned vines planted in 1984 by Ramon’s father, however are gradually growing the proportion of native varieties in the blend.

Ramon Jané started bottling his most avant garde winemaking projects under his own name from 2019. While Mas Candí is Ramon and Toni’s oeuvre, defining the apogee of winemaking in modern Penedès, Viticultor Ramon Jané is Ramon’s window for his intuitive and experimental brilliance, pushing the boundaries of tradition in his native Penedès. He farms organically and followed biodynamic methods, making no additions of sulphites to the wines.