Abet i Noya was founded by Joan Albet in Can Vendrell in 1903 following the Phylloxera plague that devasted Europe to oversee the replanting of the vineyards in the Ordal mountain range of Penedes in northeastern Spain.
In 1972, Josep Maria, 4th generation of the Albet family, began to introduce organic farming methods after officially acquiring the property his ancestors so lovingly cared for over the years. The winery released their first organic wine in 1979 and it’s overwhelming success led Albet i Noya to completely transition the winery. They quickly established themselves as Spain’s leading organic producer, certified by the Spanish organization CCPAE, (Consell Català de la Producció Agrària Ecològica) an organization appointed by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Eighty hectares of the 145 hectare estate are planted to several different native and international red and white grape varietals. The vines benefit from western exposures as they are flooded by the midday sun. The high altitudes of the stepped terraces provide some relief from high temperatures. Clay and sand lie on a bed of calcareous stone, a permeable base with good moisture retention, a key factor considering the lower than average rainfalls. All grapes are harvested by hand at the peak of ripeness.
Albet i Noya achieves the perfect balance of tradition and innovation in the cellar. The original cellar was built in 1925 and continues to see the principle vinifications processes. A temperature-controlled barrel room, warehouse, and bottling line were built in 2004. An additional gravity-based cellar was added in 2010 to produce Albet i Noya’s top wines. Constant modernizations to each allow the winery to boast all the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
In addition to being certified organic, the still wines are fined without the use of egg white, rendering them a vegan-friendly option.
Fresh with aromas of juicy peach abounding on the nose, accented by notes of orange peel, it is well-balanced with vibrant acidity and pronounced mineral qualities. Fruit, acid, and body come together seamlessly to showcase the wine’s elegance. A native grape of the region, Albet i Noya’s expression of Xarel.lo is pure, vinified entirely in stainless steel to showcase the natural characteristics of the varietal. Enjoy young.
Albet i Noya Petit Albet White
VARIETALS 60% Xarel.lo, 40% Chardonnay
Meaning “young” in Catalan, the Petit Albet wines are blends of native and international grapes vinified entirely in stainless steel. They are released soon after the vintage with the intent of being enjoyed in their youth. Like all Albet i Noya’s wines, they are certified organic and vegan-friendly.
A easy-drinking white wine blend produced from 10 hectares of estate-owned vineyards is light and fresh with bright acidity and a delicate bouquet. Clean flavors of citrus, green apple, and green bell pepper combine with mineral qualities that tingle the palate.
Albet i Noya Brut Natural Reserva
VARIETALS 29% Parellada, 24% Macabeo, 24% Chardonnay, 23% Xarel.lo
This vintage-dated sparkling wine is produced from 100% estate-grown fruit cultivated from 3 parcels using the traditional Champenoise method. A balanced bubbly with elegant buttery, toasty, and yeasty aromas that remind of a bakery. Fresh acidity and great body on the palate, with fine, persistent bubbles carrying through the long, lingering finish. Best when young, enjoy as an aperitif or with any number of seafood dishes. Albet i Noya Brut Natural Reserva is certified organic.
Wine & Spirits – 89 pts – BEST BUY
…marked by notes of herbs and nuts. It has enough freshness to enhance a raw seafood plate or, perhaps better, to accompany goat cheese.
Wine Enthusiast – 88 pts
Leesy fleshy papaya aromas come with a touch of sulfur and harshness. This feels solid, albeit modest in bubbles. Flavors of apple and green melon are lasting and steady on the finish.
Albet i Noya Tempranillo
On the nose, this wine expresses notes of dark fruits such as blackberries. Medium-bodied in style, it is well-structured on the palate with soft, rounded tannins. Flavors of sweet berries such as strawberry and cherry abound. Vinified in stainless steel, the Albet i Noya Tempranillo is a pure expression of one of Spain’s most popular varietals. This wine will evolve nicely over 2-3 years.