El Carro Gros’ new vintage

This March, the 2015 vintage El Carro Gros has been launched. It is the second vintage of this red wine which was released last Spring. El Carro Gros is elaborated with grapes from Cal Cassanyes estate and its name represents the winemaking and “castellera” (human towers) of Penedès region. In this occasion, 890 botles and 20 magnums have been made.

El Carro Gros is a wine fermented in 300 litres winesinks, without seeding yeasts and doing the hand-operated “pigeage”. It is doing a 20 days maceration and a 16 months of ageing in wineskins made of French, Vicard, Saury and San Martin oak wood. The wine is not filtered before bottling. It ages 12 months in the bottle.

The origins of El Carro Gros’ name are in two elements linked with the winery: the peasant tradition and the human towers. During the 20th century, the Penedès region was full of this kind of cart which peasants used to transport wine and other products. Moreover, El Carro Gros is an expression the “castellers” used when they made a “4 de 8”. This construction was one of the most difficult ones during that time.