The natural wines made by Ton Rimbau of Porcellanic are light-filled mediterranean treasures, holding within each stunningly beautiful ceramic bottle a microcosm of vibrantly alive energies and just otherworldly concentrated deliciousness.
Based in Catalunya’s Penedes DO, in the village of Vilobi, Ton works wise, ancient vines mainly of local Catalan variety Xarel-lo, with some Macabeu, Merlot and a few other grapes. His work in the vineyard goes beyond biodynamics, which he also employs, and embraces the principles of permaculture, based on care for the earth, the people and limiting population and consumption. This translates into an ancestral system of agriculture where, for example, vines are not pruned and let grow like a forest and weeds are rolled into a protective cover. Also he encourages the presence of spiders and builds nests for bats as a means of protecting the vines naturally from harmful pests.
All his wines have no added SO2 (it’s superfluous here to mention that fermentations are wild and there is no fining or filtration to be seen) and, once bottled, are aged in large underwater tubs far removed from magnetic “Curry lines” that might negatively influence the wines.