Passion for viticulture
Sebastià Catllà and Josep Maria Claret restored an historic vineyard
In 1990, Sebastià Catllà, a prominent businessman in the metal industry, teamed up with Josep Maria Claret to embark on a unique wine project. The aim was to restore the vineyards of the El Molí and Casanova de Monistrolet estates. After an intense research process, they chose to implement an entirely organic wine production model, becoming the first winery in the DO Pla de Bages wine region to do so from the outset.
Three decades on, Celler el Molí has restored much of the former agricultural landscape, which had been absent from this area on the outskirts of Manresa since the phylloxera blight. The vineyards and olive trees now cover the foothills of the famous Collbaix Hill, well known throughout the Bages region for its numerous trails and sensational views over the Pla de Bages plane and Montserrat Mountains.
Collbaix Celler el Molí has established itself in the market for the country’s best wines, earning very good scores for a dozen of its creations, in addition to producing three varieties of extra virgin olive oil.
Pioneers and staunch advocates of organic farming
Absolute respect for the wealth of flora and fauna found on the estate has shaped Collbaix Celler el Molí’s philosophy from the start.
As a result, long before terms such as ‘organic’, ‘sustainable’ or ‘respectful’ became value-added buzzwords in the wine industry jargon, the owners of Celler el Molí were operating according to organic farming standards.
In 2005, the El Molí estate joined the Catalan Council for Organic Agricultural Production (CCPAE) register, becoming the first organic winery in the DO Pla de Bages wine region.
When Collbaix Celler el Molí started to produce olive oil, it likewise adhered to CCPAE standards, meaning it was also the first organic olive oil producer in Bages.
A socially responsible
We love people
As part of its corporate social responsibility, Collbaix Celler el Molí actively collaborates with the Urpina social agriculture project promoted by the AMPANS Foundation.
Urpina is an estate in Sant Salvador de Guardiola (Bages) that has both restored vineyards that have suffered under the weight of history and created new ones, providing jobs for people with mental disabilities and in vulnerable situations to produce wines under its own label.
Celler el Molí handles the wine-making, bottling and labelling processes making sure to include AMPANS in every step. This relationship between Collbaix and AMPANS makes it easier for people at risk of exclusion to have a decent job, whilst at the same time producing a highly regarded local product.
Collbaix Celler El Molí allocates part of its profit to charitable projects.
Without borders or barriers
We are the first winery in the DO Pla de Bages wine region to include Braille on its labels. And we have been doing it since day one. We thus make it easier for people with visual impairments to discover our wines and enjoy their tasting experiences.
Our facilities are accessible to people with reduced mobility and we adapt all our experiences to each user’s needs. Through wine and olive oil culture, we thus strive to do our part in matters of social inclusion and cohesion.