Loxarel is the brand name of the 4th generation family owned estate which, under the vision of Josep Mitjans, converted to organic production in 2002 then biodynamic in 2005.
Amaltea de Loxarel
Garnatxa Blanca (Grenache Blanc) and Xarel-lo grapes are blended to give a full and dry wine. ‘Amalthea’ is the tender, nurturing goddess, of the Greeks and foster mother to Zeus – though sometimes, as with the label, represented as a goat who suckled the infant-god in a cave.
Young Zeus broke the goats horn and gave it to Amalthea as a gift – the horn will give here everything she needed. A ‘horn of plenty’ is important in biodynamic farming, packed with manure and buried in the soil.
Highlighting their concern for the environment, labels take their names from Goddesses of earth and fertility in Greek and Roman mythology. The Loxarel range mixes modern experimentation with tradition; organic and bio-dynamic certified, all the wines are bottled unfiltered.
Fine tropical fruit and ripe pear aromas, plenty of weight for a dry wine with a fresh and balanced crispness.
About the Producer
Masia Can Mayol
Loxarel (Xarel-lo, their principal grape varietal re-arranged) is the brand name of the 4th generation family owned estate which, under the vision of Josep Mitjans, converted to organic production in 2002 then biodynamic in 2005.
The 50ha of vineyards, located high in the mountains (and including the highest is DO Penedes) are structured around environmentally friendly production not simply organic cultivation. For example, Loxarel carry out green pruning with a flock of 250 sheep and goats which eat the vine leaves without touching the fruit as, before they mature, the grapes are too astringent and unpalatable.