A wine of novelty, humour and seriousness all in one. El Xitxarel-lo is produced by Caves Martí Serdà in Sant Miquel d’Olèrdola, D.O. Penedés. It’s a family run winery founded back in 1986. With a long winemaking tradition, it has made traditional wines and cavas up until recently. The addition of new generations to the family business has been a breath of fresh air, creating the new line of wines, Casa Berger (first name of the winery, specialised in bulk wines, back in 1878). Casa Berger comprises a series of wines with a more modern and ground-breaking image. They also team up with other forward thinking winemakers in Penedés such as Democratic Wines who also like to bring a bit a fun to the wine industry. However, they do choose to make top-quality wines that combine tradition and modernity, with the aim of being attractive for younger wine lovers.
Xitxarel·lo is a white wine made with the indigenous variety Penedès par excellence: xarel·lo. A very dear variety, resistant to drought and heat, which has managed to overcome time and become the essence of our territory. To us, the xarel·lo reminds us a little bit of Catalan renegotiation, simply because, to make it last, we must make it through our mouths.
If there is a good place to grow xarel·lo, it is undoubtedly Penedès. Their climatic diversity, and the contrast between the maximum and minimum temperatures, allow this variety to reach unique levels of excellence. The Xitxarel·lo is born on the farm of Mas Cortei, located 340m from the sea level in the municipality of La Granada, in the middle of the Alt Penedès. The vineyards were planted by former silversmiths during the 1950s, and are an example of the good adaptation of Xarel·lo to the region. The strains, struck in a sandy and sandy terroir, have a great capacity for accumulation of water thanks to the stream that borders the vineyard. A well-cooked and well-stocked wine in a suitable place!
And a note on the label, it’s covered in swear words and insults said amongst the vineyards. It also has a dunk-a-meter on the side so you can keep track of it. The Catalan insult is based on peasantry. Our language, an orphan of political and cultural protection for centuries, owes its continuity to the people, and the nature of their rebutts to the bad luck of the Catalan peasant. It is not surprising therefore that the vineyard, together with the church, is the most inexhaustible source of improper Catalan. “Aixafaterrossos”, “pastafanguer”, “pelacanyes” or “saltamarges”, are some examples of bad words that are born in the field, the most representative space of creation and dissemination of the art of insult. That’s why we wanted to pay homage to the Catalan Nazi returning to its origin: the vineyard. This wine is for those who think that the best way to keep traditions alive is practicing them. Health!