a beautiful site near the village of Porrera. Familia Torres owns the 80-year-old vineyard, whose 1.9 hectares are planted with traditional free-standing vines. They grow on costers, steep slopes where the vines' roots seek out water and nutrients amid layers of dark copper-colored outcrops of llicorella schist.
Reaching almost 500 meters at its highest point, the vineyard is only accessible by a narrow, winding, unpaved road. It is home to 5,800 old vines of Cariñena and Garnacha, with a few interspersed vines of Picapoll Negre. All vineyard work is done manually and with utmost care to preserve the landscape and the integrity of the fruit. “We observed the enormous potential of this vineyard for years, because we used to buy its grapes for our wine Perpetual,” Miguel Torres explains, “We would vinify the lots separately, and these always stood out, which is why, in 2016, we decided to make a wine exclusively from this vineyard.” Historically, Mas de la Rosa is one of the first estates in Porrera to make wine, as evidenced by old stone presses in the area, and it is documented in the book Crónica de Porrera 1865 by Josep Simó i Serres. In the book, Mas de la Rosa is described as “a good farmhouse located three-quarters of an hour from what is now the village.” According to the author, the name Mas de la Rosa refers to the wife of a former owner in the mid-18th century, who went mad and “burned the house to the ground.”