The estate is located in the municipality of Sant Pau d'Ordal in the Spanish DO area Penedès
(Region of Catalonia). It was founded in 1903 by Joan Albet i Rovirosa. This began to produce wine on the 13th century finca "Can Vendrell de la Codina". His successors Joan Albet i Rion and Joan Albet i Carbó built the new "Xapallà" cellar in 1925. The entire estate comprises 101 hectares of land, of which 76 hectares are used for viticulture. These lie on the mountain slopes of the western part of the Ordal Mountains. The white varieties Xarel-Lo, Parellada, Macabeu, Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat de Alejandría, as well as the red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Syrah, Merlot, Garnatxa Tinta, Petit Syrah, Arinarnoa and Caladoc are cultivated. Josep María Albet i Noya was the first winegrower in Spain to start the estate in 1978 to manage.
In this context, the use of sulfur is restricted, specifically 50% less than in conventional wineries. This is achieved through extreme hygiene in the basement, all devices or areas are cleaned with water heated to 90 ° Celsius. In red wine, sulfur is only used after malolactic fermentation, in white wine only after fermentation in small quantities. With the fermentation is with inert gas
worked to oxidation
to prevent. A wide range of varietal wines and blends are produced. In addition to still wine Cava
produced. In addition to wine production, there is also intensive research. In 1998 a project was started to test old forgotten grape varieties and to plant and propagate them again if they were suitable. One of those reactivated vines is Rion