Mariona Vendrell and Albert Canela
Albert and Mariona created Succés Vinícola together when they were just 20 years old and fresh out of school. Albert comes from a family of grape growers and wanted to create his own company with Mariona to valorize their families grapes, as well as to be able to pay better rates to other local farmers who shared their vision for local organic agriculture. Their infectiously positive energy is reflected in their personality and their wines. They have pulled off the rather difficult trick of creating simple and fun wines that everyone will enjoy yet which are produced naturally with respect for the growers and the land. Nearly all of the grapes come from vineyards owned by Albert's family that they farm themselves, and they purchase a small amount of grapes from producers in Serral and Barbera de Conca. New vintages are released in the early spring so that they can settle naturally during the winter to avoid any fining or treatments. Since 2019, all of the cuvées are vinified and bottled without any added SO2.
Albert Canela and Mariona Vendrell write:
In 2011, we had the opportunity to create Succés Vinícola thanks a local incubator space in Barberà de la Conca. This initiative provides facilities and winemaking equipment to entrepreneurs who want to develop their own project. Six years later, in 2016, we moved to our own cellar in Pira. The company name comes from the word "Succés" in Catalan, which refers to an event or something that happens. Each of our wines' names reflect an event in our life, or something that we feel while we make each wine.
Conca de Barberà is located in the North of the province of Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. All of our vineyards belong to villages, Barberà de la Conca, Serral, Cabra del Camp and Solivella. The altitude of our vineyards are between 450 and 700 meters above sea level. The majority of our vineyards are composed of clay and limestone.
[Thanks to Bottled Films for the fantastic portrait photo!]
Conca de Barberà El Mentider
Albert and Mariona write: El Mentider (The Liar) is produced with the variety Trepat, which is native to the area. This grape is characterized by low alcohol content and is generally used for making base wine for rosé cava. Mentider is the antit...
Conca de Barberà El Pedregal
Succés Vinícola is amongst the first producers to make a still Parellada, and their cuvée is arguably a benchmark for the grape. El Pedregal is the single-vineyard wine from their favorite old-vine parcel. Albert and Mariona write: We have nam...
Conca de Barberà Experiència Parellada
Succés Vinícola is amongst the first producers to make a still Parellada, and is arguably a benchmark producer for the grape. Traditionally one of the main grapes for Cava, Parellada is a late-ripening variety that likes high altitudes (it only thr...
Conca de Barberà Patxanga Rosado
Albert and Mariona write: Patxanga has two meanings: 1. It's aFfootball street game with only one rule: to have fun with friends. 2. It's also a type of music typically played in our villages’ summer festivals. Both concepts reflect summer, friend...
Conca de Barberà Cuca de Llum
A large, thin-skinned grape similar to Poulsard or Schiava, Trepat produces light-bodied, aromatic wines reminiscent of Jura reds. Albert and Mariona write: "When we started as a company, our calendar was strict, so adapting to these timetables was...
Conca de Barberà Feedback
Albert and Mariona write: This is the only wine that we produce that is a blend of different types of grapes. Albert’s father is a winegrower and his dream was to have a wine made from his vineyards. The wine comes from a selection of our better v...