The Upper Ampurdan is an area between the mountains and the sea, a meeting point for the so-called Mediterranean trilogy of wheat, vines, and olives – the entryway through which the Greeks introduced to the Iberian peninsula the cultivation of grapes. The soil and the climate characteristic of the Ampurdan enhance an environment favorable for the production of singular wines from the denomination of origen Empordà-Costa Brava. A few kilometers from the Catalonian border with France in the Upper Ampurdan is the tiny village of Capmany. On a 15 hectares plot of land at the entrance of the village are the vineyards, cellar and houses of Oliver Conti.
In 1991, two brothers, Xavier and Jordi Oliver Conti, decided to make a dream come true and become winemakers. Since they had no experience in this area other than their enthusiasm for wine, they began from zero. Two decisions had to be made immediately: where to plant the vines and where to acquire the knowledge necessary to bring the project to a successful conclusion. In order to make their first decision they analyzed various options before deciding on the Upper Ampurdan for two reasons:
- first, because the soil, along with the Mediterranean climate protected by the Alberes mountains are ideal for obtaining high quality wines.
- second, because the zone was not widely known as a winegrowing area and it seemed an easier environment for making an impact and becoming a point of reference.
As for knowledge, Jordi studied all of the oenology and viticulture courses available at Incavi (Institut Catalá de Vino) in Vilafranca del Penedès, and subsequently took oenology courses at the Université du Vin in Souze la Rousse, France and after that a Master in Oenology, Viticulture and Marketing.
At Oliver Conti, research has been continuous and of inestimable help in achieving their objectives. This obsession for the vineyard goes hand in hand with their objective of creating elegant wines enthusiasts will continue to enjoy and be able to serve to accompany meals as well as in wine tastings. Oliver Conti produce both red and white wines of an incredible quality.
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