The Torres family's fifth generation is carrying the winery's legacy into the future while upholding its values – the guardians of a heritage that is deeply rooted in the land and built on an appreciation for everything it has to offer.
Miguel and Mireia Torres Maczassek: the challenges of the future, the responsibility of a legacy.
Today Miguel and Mireia are continuing the work of four generations of a family dedicated to quality wines and brandies, which are enjoyed in over 150 countries. It is up to them to maintain the excellent reputation of the winery and the family as they keep developing the business from a place of respect for both the land and tradition while embracing innovation.
Miguel and Mireia Torres Maczassek, the fifth generation of Familia Torres, at Mas La Plana (Pacs del Penedès)
Miguel embodies a forward-looking legacy. Under his leadership, the family's wines have come to represent the finest appellations of origin in Spain, comprised of a mosaic of small vineyards and built around the central idea of establishing a symbiotic relationship with the world's best gastronomy. In addition, the winery is firmly committed to organic viticulture.
These carefully crafted limited productions pursue the true expression of the vineyards and their environment with the ultimate goal of creating an identity that was long seen as lost. Today this is precisely what is redefining our regions, imbuing the wines with an exceptional character that sets them apart in an increasingly homogenous world.
Mas de la Rosa vineyard (DOQ Priorat): 1.9 hectares of 80-year-old, traditional free-standing vines planted on hillsides at 500 m
Mireia is leading a long list of RDI projects, including on-going studies into non-invasive methods in the vineyard and measures to adapt to climate change, as well as natural treatments to combat new pests and potential threats to the vine. Furthermore, the winery places an emphasis on a circular economy and biodiversity in the work it does. Both Miguel and Mireia are enthusiastically advancing the project to recover ancestral varieties. Initiated by Miguel A. Torres, it represents the cornerstone of a new approach to life and wine that acknowledges the new climate reality.
Research into ancestral varieties recovered by Familia Torres
The tangible heritage of the vineyards not only represents geographical points of interest but also reinforces the region's physical and cultural fabric. These ancient soulful echoes in stone reveal the history of and the relationship between the development of a society devoted to winegrowing and its people.
Rural chapels, castles, drystone walls, paths, and wells: Iberian, Phoenician, Greek, and Roman settlements have left their timeless imprint on our lands, which the family works to preserve and open up to people interested in inclusive, natural, and multifaceted wine tourism.
The fifth generation built the Purgatori winery in 2018 as a tribute to the estate's vibrant history, which housed monks from the Montserrat abbey in the 18th century and now brings us the eponymous wine
The fifth generation's new altitude winegrowing projects include Els Tossals in Porrera, Priorat (at 740 meters), and Les Escostes in Penedès (at 700 meters). Not only do these initiatives recover old winegrowing landscapes, they also offer possible solutions in terms of climate change.
Els Tossals in Porrera, Priorat, at 740 meters
Las Escostes, an enclave in the municipal area of La Llacuna, county of Anoia, at 700 meters
Now the fifth generation looks to the future, well aware of the challenges ahead, but confident in the knowledge that the efforts of their ancestors have paved the way.