Raimat Castle rests majestically on a hill overlooking the local village in Catalonia, the northeastern province of Spain which is also home to one of its most important cities, Barcelona. The ancient castle gate bears a shield with a design of a bunch of grapes and a hand, suggesting there were ancient vineyards in the area. The name Raimat comes from the Catalan "raim" meaning "grapes," and "ma" meaning "hand."
The castle has existed for centuries, but when the Raventos family purchased it in 1914, it needed a lot of work. They completely restored the property and planted all new vineyards in the soils that had nurtured ancient ones. Manuel Raventos brought the estate to its full potential when he opened up 62 miles of water channels to irrigate the land. This allowed him to grow more grapes, and that he did.
The farm is now completely sustainable, cutting waste and protecting the natural environment while producing great wine. Garnacha, or Grenache, is a Spanish original. The French like to think it's theirs because it is the principle grape in the great Chateauneuf-du-Pape but it is now widely accepted that its origins are Spanish.
Our selection is a classic example of the grape, with its juicy fruit flavors of plum and blackberries coupled with spice and licorice. It hangs on the palate, depositing flecks of lovely berries at every taste bud, and finishes with a sigh.