HOW THE PROJECT STARTED
The beginning of the Borda Sabaté winery dates back to 1944, when Joan Canturri, (also referred to as “el padrí”), great-grandfather of Joan Albert Farré, bought the land next to the right bank of the Valira river. The site is located right by the CG-1 highway that connects with Spain, not too far from the now extinct Punt de Trobada.
The cows at Borda Sabaté have always been a symbol of the property. Tobacco was grown deep down in the depths of the valley, an industry that back then used to provide for the family.
However, it was thanks to Joan Albert’s father, Jordi, and his wine and beverages distributing business, that Joan Albert was drawn into the world of wines. During that time, he discovered the greatness of the Riesling varietal, as well as the distinguished wines of the French Grans Chateaux.
As a result, Joan Albert started dreaming of making his own wines in Andorra. The idea of growing high altitude vineyards in Andorra had been in the back of his mind for as long as he could remember, even during the time he studied abroad.
For a long time, he had been studying the high terraces of the Muxella plots and its sun exposure, but there was plenty of room for improvement at the estate in order to plant vineyards. It wasn’t until some time later when, thanks to his father’s support, work began on the property and they could overcome minor setbacks .
The stars had aligned: the land turned out to be perfect for growing vineyards regarding sun exposure, orientation and ventilation. By the time refurbishing was completed, his father asked him what he wanted to plant and he didn’t hesitate: vineyards!
In 2005, Joan Albert Farré and his father planted 5,000 grapevines in the Muxella terraces of Borda Sabaté, at 1,190 meters above sea level, harvesting their first vintage in 2009. Thus, the Borda Sabaté wines were conceived with the Escol 2009, their first wine to hit the market.
Unfortunately, Joan Albert’s father passed away before the first vintage and didn’t have the chance to taste their signature wine. Since then, Joan Albert moved forward with the support of his loving mother Maria Mercè, who encouraged him to pull through.
The harvest has always been a reason to gather and celebrate amongst friends and family.
PLANTING OF THE FIRST VINEYARDS
FIRST BOTTLING AT BORDA SABATÉ
FIRST INTERNATIONAL AWARD OF THE WINERY
RECIPIENT OF THE TOP TIER IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
FOURTY FOUR IS BORN
Our cellar is located at 1,100 meters above sea level. It was designed as a double leveled plot to take advantage of the natural slope and to have the lowest possible impact in the vinification processes.
It’s equipped with state-of-the-art technology and machinery. Our oval shaped deposits manage to deliver a certain charisma to the wine that, with the risk of sounding a bit supernatural, they perform magic in our wines. (You can see it for yourself in the picture).
Construction of the winery was completed in 2010 and since then, we love to have visitors over so they get to know the history of our project and to offer tastings of our high altitude wines. If you would like to schedule a visit, click here.