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May 30, 2022 View:

Wines carried away by floods and buried in the mud are unearthed

On October 22, 2019, the Francol river flooded and the Rend Masdu winery in L'Espluga was razed to the ground, killing four people and leaving two missing, recalls Mariona Rend: the flood destroyed the building, leaving only a meter-high wall. Everything is still fresh in my mind today.

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A year later, Mariona, her husband Jord and their children Arnau and Jordi continue to make wine at their new estate, Sim de Palau. We are farmers, wine growers, and the vineyard was intact but we had nowhere to go in the face of a good harvest. sim de Palau has an old building of one thousand square meters, and with the help of insurance and people, they gradually settled down to produce wine again. Happily, today they have very good wines, even in the fateful year 2020.

We never had the option to fail," Mariona said. They settled near the Francioli River in 1994 due to flooding, but 25 years later the floods washed everything away again. The place no longer exists, leaving behind only the Vi de Fang wine, covered in mud and without labels.

Everything just seemed to happen naturally, and that's how the wine got its name and marketing idea. Friends, neighbors and family began to search for wines from the mud and find ways to get them out. The wine was a metaphor for the high value of climate change that results in breaking out of the shell, and it occurred to Mariona's friends: they had to sell them, to take the flood and its aftermath with them to the dry, hot places.

The bottles that have survived the disaster and are covered in mud hold 2017 wines that could be Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. They just recently labeled the wines, about 1,800 bottles of Vi de Fang, though another 400 bottles may have been taken or covered up by the Francioli River.