The oldest reference to this family property, formerly known as Mas de la Torrevella (currently Can Martí), dates from 1395 even though the Torelló surname did not appear until the 22nd generation took charge of the estate. In the 1950s, Francisco Torelló started the production of bottled wine and cava.
At the beginning of 2019 Torelló left DO Cava along with other sparkling wine producers from Penedès that are members of Corpinnat. The brand Corpinnat was presented in April 2018 as a new EU-registered, private certification that champions terroir in Penedès with stricter quality standards than those set by the DO Cava.
Wines are produced at Can Martí de Dalt and Can Martí de Baix, the two traditional farmhouses in the estate. The latter, built around an open courtyard, is a traditional “vineyard farmhouse” —the ground floor used to house the winery and the livestock, the first floor was the home and the loft was used to store food.
Located in the outskirts of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the Can Martí estate includes 135Ha planted with white varieties Macabeo, Xarel.lo, Parellada, Chardonnay and Subirat Parent and reds Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Francisco de la Rosa, a member of the generation currently in charge of the winery, describes the property: “In the past the sea reached as far as this point, at the feet of the Montserrat mountain; now our soils prevent the vines from absorbing water; plants really have to strive here.”
Organic winegrowing is practiced in the estate’s vineyards since 2014. Traditional Catalan grapes (Xarel.lo, Macabeo and Parellada) are sourced from these vines to make two saprkling wines already bearing this seal: Gran Torelló (around €25 in Spain with at least 48 months of aging) and Torelló 225 (€18, 36 months of aging).
The sparkling range includes a pale Pinot Noir rosé (€15) and Reserva rosé made with Pinot Noir and Garnacha (€13). Most of the wines are blends of the three local grape varieties like the entry-level Brut Reserva (€10) aged for at least 24 months, and the Brut Nature (€15). Chardonnay plays a small role in the blend of Finca Can Martí (€18, at least 36 months of aging) and in Etsuro Sotoo (€36), a premium fizz named after the Japanese sculptor working in Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia cathedral who designed the label. Torelló also partnered with fashion designer Custo Barcelona to make Torelló 3D by Custo (€36), a blend of Xarel.lo with around 25% of Macabeo. All of these sparkling wines are aged in the estate’s 5,500 m² of underground cellars.
There are a couple of still wines that stand out: Raimonda (€12), a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that has been produced since 1998, and the barrel fermented Xarel.lo Crisalys (€9).