Marco Abella

Located in Priorat · Spain

The name, Priorat has been linked to wine since ancient times. The region’s soil, climate, the lay of the land and the hard work of the men and women who have made wine using traditional methods, now helped by new technology adapted to current needs for quality, have all resulted in a unique and exclusive product: Priorat wine.

The Cartoixa (Carthusian Monastery) of Scala Dei represents the birthplace of wines and wine-making in the DOQ Priorat region. The Carthusian monks brought from Provence in the 12th century the knowledge and techniques to develop a winegrowing culture that established itself firmly and has evolved over the centuries. The two indigenous varieties Garnacha and Carignan were introduced by Carthusian monks at this moment. The Carthusians’ lands made up the historic Priorat area which today forms the DOQ Priorat wine region.

Marco family has been involved in the business of wine since at least the fifteenth century. The Marco family appears in the first census of Catalonia (Spain) residing in the village of Porrera (1497) and also in the modern census carried out by el Conde de Floridablanca in 1787.

In the late nineteenth century, the phylloxera destroyed practically all French and Spanish vineyards. Marco family decided to emigrate to Barcelona but they preserved their house and vineyards in Porrera.

Ramon Marco Abella who was born in 1898, an entrepreneur of strong character, decided to give life to what had been one of the best vineyards in the region. His son, Joaquin Marco Revilla, a poet who keeps his heart in Porrera, together with his wife Clotilde Moliner transmitted to their children the love and passion of Porrera and viticulture. It is that generation that makes the dream of their life.