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Celler Frisach

Francesc and Joan Ferré

Brothers Francesc and Joan Ferré produce superbly energetic natural wines from their 20 hectares of vines in Corbera d’Ebre, located in the Terra Alta region of Catalonia. For well over 200 years, the Ferré family have been growing grapes and olives in this area. Traditionally, farmers would sell off their grapes at low prices right after each harvest. One year, a large buyer cancelled their purchase at the last moment, and in 2009, the young brothers Francesc and Joan decided to produce their own wines in order to find their independence and create their own wines that properly reflect their proud hometown of Corbera. The name Frisach was the surname of their great-grandfather, and the name Ca Frisach still adorns the family home where they live.

For many years, Catalonia has had an active scene of natural winemakers, and Francesc began to taste it with eagerness and driven dedication. He spent time at natural wine fairs with other winemakers to absorb as much knowledge as possible. Travel across Catalonia and through France (especially yearly trips to prepare Paella for friends in the Jura) allowed him to broaden his vision of winemaking, and his style rapidly evolved towards less extraction and less intervention. Today, the wines are joyful, dazzling, and playful while still evolving.

The principal grape in Terra Alta is Garnatxa Blanca (Grenache Blanc), which is used for the famous white wines of the region. Frisach also farms Garnatxa Gris, Garnatxa Fina, Garnatxa Peluda, and Carinyena (Carignan). One can find many local references to the nature and history of the place on the labels - for example, the swallows on the Abrunet label (Abrunet means swallow in Catalan), and the tears of blood on the Sang de Corb label represent the sadness of the Spanish Civil War that scarred the Ebro River valley.

Key information

Catalonia

Corbera d'Ebre

40 hectares

Founded in 2008

Organic

The wines

Terra Alta Vernatxa

White Wine
 : Garnacha Blanca
Cellar_Frisach_-_Vernatxa

Franscesc writes:  "With this wine, we wanted to revive an ancient way of Terra Alta winemaking: los vinos brisants. Once the grapes are harvested, manually and very carefully, they are introduced for joint fermentation with the skins in order t...

Terra Alta L’Abrunet Blanc

White Wine
 : Garnacha Blanca
Cellar FRISACH L'ABRUNET BLANC

Franscesc writes:  "With this wine, work in the vineyard is very important. To elaborate, we play with different maturity levels of the variety. We conducted two harvests of the same plants. The first harvest was around the 11.5º to achieve the ...

Terra Alta L’Abrunet Rosat

Rose Wine
 : 50% Grenache Gris, 30% Grenache, 20% Grenache Blanc
Cellar FrisahL_AbrunetRosado

Franscesc writes:  "What do we get if we put together all grapes from the rural state? What do we get if we put together different varieties? What can we do with an almost nonexistent variety? And what if we just use the Flower from the falling ...

Terra Alta L’Abrunet Negre

Red Wine
 : 60% Garnacha Fina (Grenache), 40% Cariñena (Carignan)
Cellar_Frisach_-_L_Abrunet_Rouge

Franscesc writes:  "Our ancestors performed the assembly of their grapes in the vineyards, specifically Cariñena and some Garnacha, which is known today as a vineyard blend. With this wine, we wanted to recover this kind of elaboration, but for ...

Terra Alta Sang de Corb

Red Wine
 : 40% Garnacha Fina, 20% Garnacha Peluda, 40% Cariñena
Cellar Frisach_Sang_de_Corb (1)

Franscesc writes:  "What we see here in this wine is something that we locally call “Lo vi fa Sang” which is  best described as the power of a wine that provides energy and force to keep fighting and moving forward. The wine is made from Garnach...

Terra Alta Les Alifares

Orange Wine
 : Garnacha Gris
Cellar Frisach - Les Alifares

This is a skin contact orange wine made from old vines of Garnacha Gris. Franscesc writes: "Les Alifares de Celler Frisach. Vernatxa gris fermented with skins. And nothing else: that’s how the feelings sound after the first drink. We came from ...

Terra Alta La Foradada

Orange Wine
 : Garnacha Blanca
Cellar Frisach_La_Foradada_

Garnacha Blanca with a few days skin contact. Franscesc writes: "A tale of the Garnacha Blanca, of the lands and of our people. A wine fermented with the skin of the grapes for a few days in stainless steel. This wine remains with its lees witho...

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