CAN SUMOI - LA VIDA AL CAMP, Cataluyna
Vineyard owners in Catalunya since 1497 – credited with producing the first Spanish sparkling wine using the Champagne method, establishing the Cava D.O., and bottling the first single-vineyard Cava – the Raventós family founded both the Codornui and Raventós i Blanc wineries. Then in 2012 they made the decision to withdraw Raventós i Blanc from the Cava D.O. in order to reposition their wines in the minds of consumers and focus only on premium sparkling wines.
Around the same time, Pepe Raventós & Francesc Escala, inspired by their growing passion for natural wines and a desire to always go one step further, discovered Can Sumoi, a remarkable 400 hectare estate established in 1645. Located on a 600-metre-high hill overlooking the Mediterranean – Serra de l’Home – Can Sumoi has a (derelict) winery and three farmhouses dating back to the end of the 17th century, as well as a house for the tenant farmers, a poultry yard, 20 hectares of vineyard planted with Parellada and Sumoll, and 380 hectares of woodland. The soils of the estate developed from copper-coloured, ochre and brown material which corresponds to the Montmell Formation, which is made up of sediment formed between 100 and 113 million years ago in the Cretaceous period; there are few soils as ancient as these on the Iberian Peninsula.
Inspired in winemaking by the craftsmanship of Pierre Overnoy in Pupullin, Jura, Pepe had found the ideal location to explore his passion. He reinstated the biodynamic farming that had existed on Can Sumoi since ancient times and began to make high-altitude natural wines with the least possible intervention in the processes of viticulture and wine-making. Can Sumoi is evolving into a range of White, Rosé, Red and ‘Ancestral’ Sparkling wines.
La Vida al Camp is the name gracing their Cava – Brut and Rosé – inspired by the 1962 book written by Jaume Raventós: La Vida al Camp, Memòries d’un Cabaler, (Life in the Country, Memories of a Gentleman). The book is a reflection on Jaume’s childhood experiences on the Raventós family farm in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, and an homage to the the farmer’s lives, working their land with respect, harmony and love of nature.