Familia Torres

Penedès, Spain

Clos Ancestral White — 2022

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  • Introduction

    • THE WINERY: Familia Torres founded its first winery in Villafranca del Penedès in 1870, over 150 years ago, but its roots in the winegrowing traditions of Spain date back to the 16th century. Five generations have carried the family business forward, passing on their passion for wine culture from parents to children — a passion steeped in respect for land and tradition, and a firm belief in innovation. Today the family focuses on wines from unique vineyards and historical estates, as well as the recovery of ancestral varieties.

      THE WINE: Forty years ago, Familia Torres embarked on a project to recover ancestral varieties, an act of wine archaeology that aims to restore a shared heritage, and among its fruit is Clos Ancestral. Forcada is the first recovered white pre-phylloxera variety to be vinified and, in combination with Xarel·lo, it endows the wine with an incomparable authenticity.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Calcareous clay soils
    • Appellation: Penedès
    • Location: Catalunya
    • Cultivation: Organic. Regeneratively farmed.
  • Vintage Report

    • A lack of rainfall and heat spikes throughout the Penedès region marked the 2022 vintage. Minimal levels of precipitation during the growth season. These conditions contributed to excellent grape health with no fungal infections of any kind.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: In stainless steel under controlled temperature.
    • Aging: Aged for 3 months on fine lees.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: Forcada and Xarel·lo
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
    • TA: 6.7 g/L
    • p H: 3.3
    • RS: 0.5 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Clean, bright, pale yellow color. Delicate and captivating on the nose, showcasing a variety of fruit aromas (lemon, grapefruit, tangerine). Refreshing, vibrant, and flavorful on the palate, with a smooth texture. Intriguing and unique in terms of its character.



  • Clos Ancestral White – 2022 – James Suckling – 92 Points

    “Some wet stones on the nose that extend to the palate along with some neutral limey fruit and pears. A hint of almond with bright, fresh acidity that lingers on the medium-bodied palate into the subtle, medium-long finish.”