Celler Tiques (Joan Rubió)
In 2015, Joan Rubió and his wife Àngels Margalef created Cal Tiques, a 10-hectare farm in the heart of Catalonia. In conjunction with their business partner, Aart Jan Hemmink, the pair focuses on organic and biodynamic farming at La Finca Cal Tiques.
Celler Tiques produces mostly still white and sparkling wines from indigenous Penedès grape varieties Xarel-lo, Macabeu, Monastrell, and Ull de Llebre (the local term for Tempranillo). Joan believes that the essential character of the grapes can only be found in the skins, so the wines (including all of the whites and sparkling) are made with various degrees of skin contact, ranging from a few hours to a few weeks.
Joan was drawn to viticulture from a young age. Born in Penedès to a vine-owning family, he went o...