Buil Y Gine
Winemaker Xavi Buil, is on a mission to prove that making great wines in Priorat, doesn’t mean that they have to be overly extracted, high in alcohol wines, unapproachable in their youth, and that also don’t have to come along, with a monstruously premium price tag. The wines he is crafting at his winery, Buil y Giné, are challenging this perception, providing fabulous value and offering a fresher and more appealing style, whilst still possessing all of the spice, minerality and fruit that are to be expected from this region. The winery itself was established in 1998, on the famed steep slopes of Gratallops, in the heart of Priorat. Xavi plants on the classic soils of Priorat - slate, shale and liquorella, with vines averaging over 40 years in age. These are poor soils, restricting vigour and yield, perfect for making powerful and characterful wines. His Giné Giné is a 50/50 blend of Grenache and Carignan and has intense notes of flowers, fruits and minerals from the soil. This wine is fresh, very fruity, round, and balanced, with a very long finish. His efforts to create a stylish, approachable Priorat to the world, without sacrificing the classic attributes that have made the region famous have not gone unnoticed, with Wine & Spirits Magazine selecting Buil & Giné as one of the Wineries of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2009.