Familia Torres joins as Star Wine List's new Global Partner

The Torres family. Photo courtesy of Familia Torres.
Krister Bengtsson
Published 15-February-2024

The Torres family established their first winery in 1870, and with each generation, the family has instilled a deep-rooted passion for viticulture, honouring the land and its traditions while embracing innovation. It is with great pleasure that we can announce Familia Torres as our new Global Partner.

"Some wineries are legends due to their history. Some are pioneers due to what they are building for the future. Not many wineries are both. We are honoured to have been chosen by Familia Torres. As global partners, we look forward to sharing the stories of Familia Torres with our growing community of wine lovers around the world," said Krister Bengtsson.

Besides the stories, the partners will also work together on events and analysis.

Mireia Torres. Photo courtesy of Familia Torres.

"Familia Torres has chosen to forge a global partnership with Star Wine List, a brilliant platform, fast growing in the world of wines, that we believe as a unique way to connect people. This strategic alliance not only signifies a commitment to excellence but also opens doors to possible new and exciting relationships. We are delighted and look forward to be working together," says Mireia Torres, Director of Innovation at Familia Torres and Director at Jean Leon.

Familia Torres has a storied presence in the Catalan regions of Penedès, Conca de Barberà, Priorat, and Costers del Segre. Beyond these, they have expanded their viticultural endeavours to encompass key Spanish wine-producing areas such as Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rueda, and Rías Baixas.

Today they own 1,300 hectare of vineyards and 10 wineries in Spain (Familia Torres, Celler Purgatori, Jean Leon, Vardon Kennett, Pago del Cielo, La Carbonera, Torre Penelas and Pazo Torre Penelas). Their reach also extends globally to the vineyards of Chile and California.

This year we will see the first RVA certified wines, such as Clos Ancestral 2023

What is happening this year from Familia Torres?
"We have implemented regenerative viticulture in all our organic vineyards in Catalonia (including Jean Leon’s). They were all certified in 2023 with the new stamp ‘Regenerative Viticulture Alliance’, promoted by the Association of Regenerative Viticulture and ECOCERT with the aim of standardizing regenerative practices in the vineyard as this is the only type of viticulture that can tackle climate change. Thus, this year we will see the first RVA certified wines, such as Clos Ancestral 2023 (red and white) or Jean Leon Vinya Gigi 2023."

Celler Purgatori. Photo courtesy of Familia Torres.

"Familia Torres’ recent releases include wines made with recovered ancestral varieties that are both oenological interesting and adapted to climate change, such as Clos Ancestral white, an organic wine from Penedès made mainly with Forcada (the red wine Clos Ancestral is a blend of the ancestral Moneu with Tempranillo and Garnacha) and Gonfaus, a single-variety wine from this ancestral grape planted in our Purgatori Estate (we already have two other single-variety wines from Forcada and Pirene)."

"Jean Leon has also launched a new experimental wine 100% Forcada (FO-22) and is planning in releasing a new wine, also experimental, with another ancestral variety this year. Outside Catalonia, we will release Malpastor, a new wine from our Rioja winery La Carbonera, and Pago del Cielo, the icon wine from our Ribera del Duero winery also called Pago del Cielo."

What is the focus for Familia Torres going forward?
Sustainability will continue to be our driving force, and also the pursuit of excellence. We will put our efforts in adapting to climate change to ensure the upmost quality for our wines and reducing our CO2 emissions in all its scope, from the vineyard to the consumer."

"We aim at reducing our carbon footprint by 60% in 2030 compared with our levels of 2008 and reaching Net Zero by 2040, mainly thanks to using renewable energy, measures of energy efficiency, reducing the weight of wine bottles, etc. We are also planting trees and committing to regenerative viticulture since it can help capture atmospheric CO2 and fix in the soil, whilst, at the same time, restore life in these soils and make the vineyards more resilient."

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