Clos Galena

One fam­ily’s dream that be­came a re­al­ity

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Clos Galena was the brain­child of Miguel Pérez, a great wine en­thu­si­ast who shared his life­long pas­sion with his wife, Merche Dal­mau.

Merche and Miguel fell in love with the Pri­o­rat re­gion and it was there that their dream be­came a re­al­ity — a sus­tain­able win­ery in­spired by the French châteaux.

Both trained in phar­ma­col­ogy, the hus­band-and-wife team felt strongly that Clos Galena should be or­gan­i­cally cer­ti­fied in or­der to cre­ate health­ier wines, made with greater re­spect for the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Clos Galena’s vine­yards are planted with re­gional grape va­ri­eties, grown in tra­di­tional non-ter­raced hill­side vine­yards, known as ‘costers’. The soils are full of ‘llicorella’, a brown and brit­tle slate that gives this re­gion’s wines their sig­na­ture min­eral char­ac­ter.

Miguel’s am­bi­tion was to shape his fam­ily-run win­ery into a ves­sel where he could at­tempt to bot­tle the essence of the sur­round­ing Pri­o­rat ter­roir.

Sadly Miguel passed away in April 2013, but the torch was passed to his wife, Merche. She took over the run­ning of the es­tate with the help of her team, in­clud­ing the enol­o­gist Toni Coca.

To­day, the Clos Galena win­ery is the cul­mi­na­tion of the Pérez and Dal­mau fam­ily’s con­tin­u­ous ded­i­ca­tion; it is their life’s work and they re­main cen­tred on mak­ing unique fine wines.

The fam­ily’s ef­forts were re­warded when ‘Formiga de Vel­lut’ was se­lected for the No­bel Prize Ban­quet 2017, held in Stock­holm, where it was served to Swedish roy­alty.

The wine — a red blend of Gre­nache, Carig­nan and Syrah — made his­tory as the first Cata­lan wine to be served at the No­bel Prize Ban­quet since the award’s foun­da­tion in 1901.

Re­ports in the Swedish press cel­e­brated ‘Formiga de Vel­lut’ as ‘fan­tas­ti­cally great’, and Clos Galena gained global recog­ni­tion for the qual­ity of its wines.

Clos Galena has been praised by the most de­mand­ing con­sumer mar­kets and its wines are ex­ported to 30 coun­tries around the world.

Look­ing be­yond Pri­o­rat, Clos Galena has started new wine projects in the ap­pel­la­tions of Montsant and Terra Alta, fo­cus­ing on indige­nous va­ri­eties and old vines.

Above all, Clos Galena prizes its strong Cata­lan iden­tity and sup­ports ini­tia­tives to en­rich the com­mu­nity. Notably, the Art and Wine project brings to­gether Cata­lan artists to cre­ate lim­ited col­lec­tions of paint­ings that are used on Clos Galena’s wooden wine boxes and dis­tinc­tive la­bels.

Right: Clos Galena Daniel Lam­bert Wines

Merche Dal­mau

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