Upon first visiting Can Ràfols dels Caus one is immediately taken back by the beauty of the 11th century estate and the surrounding natural landscape.  Situated at an altitude of 300 meters and bordered by the Massif de Garraf and the near-by coastal mountain range, the majestic estate stands on a rise between the ravines of two watersheds and is surrounded by a tapestry of estate-owned vineyards.  The geographic location of the estate and its vineyards is of paramount importance for producing high-quality wines, as the vines are sheltered from the extreme temperatures that can occur along either mountain chain.
The unusual microclimate that exists around the estate consists of sun-drenched, exceedingly hot daytime temperatures, tempered by late afternoon cool sea breezes.  This strong diurnal temperature difference produces an extended period of ripening, which helps to concentrate the sugars and allows the polyphenolic maturation of the grapes to be reached gradually.  This means that the wines from Can Ràfols dels Caus are often times more fragrant and aromatic than other wines that come from the same or neighboring regions.
On a tour of Can Ràfols dels Caus you will most likely get to meet the charming owner of the estate, Carlos Esteva, who decided to go and live in what was then his grandfather’s property, in 1979.  After purchasing the shares owned by his brother and sister, he embarked on the slow process of restoring the buildings on the estate while building a state-of-the art, underground fermentation hall and barrel aging room.  Over time he has recuperated many of the old vineyards previously owned by his grandfather and has introduced new varieties and growing methods previously unused by his ancestors.  Placing his bets on the viability of producing wines made from 100% estate-grown fruit, while at the same fighting to achieve his goals within a framework of sustainability and respect for the environment, the wines from Can Ràfols dels Caus have a distinct character that have now become synonymous with unreserved quality.
On a tour of Can Ràfols with Niso Wine Tours, we will take you on a nature walk through Mr. Esteva’s vineyards, a tour down through time from his above-ground 11th century estate into his subterranean state-of-the-art fermentation hall and barrel room, finishing with a comprehensive tasting of the wines that have made Can Ràfols dels Caus legendary.

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