The story of Celler Piñol mirrors the ascendance of Spanish wines in world markets over the past ten years. It is a story of how a reverence for old, treasured vineyards and the best family traditions have been combined with new winemaking methods to make the finest wines possible. The Piñol family has been vine growers for four generations. The switch to producing and selling their own wine occurred in 1945 when Josep Arrufi founded Celler Piñol.
The goal of this family-run estate was and has remained to produce small quantities of well-crafted wines with passion, love, and respect for the land. vines and profession are what makes their wines unique and knowledgeable all over the world. Highlighted with 90 to 95 points in every wine by Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate) and selected in some of the most notable wine selections magazines (Tanzer and Jancis Robinson, among others), their cellar has become one of the most prestigious basements in the area.
Juanjo Garcela Piñol, trained as a chemical engineer, was called to the winery in 1998 by his aging parents, who needed help in maintaining the vineyard and making the wine. Though he had no oenological training, his chemistry background was very helpful and over time, he read heavily and took several courses in winemaking.
Today, he runs the winery and shares winemaking responsibility with Toni Coca, along with Maria Mendoza, who also helps out in the winery and the vineyard; his mother Josefina maintains the cellar.
Celler Piñol are going back to their roots, working mainly with the indigenous varieties such as white Garnacha, red Garnacha, Cariñena and Morenillo; state of the art technology & tradition in a perfect blend to offer you the best wines of the Terra Alta.