Mariona and Albert met studying winemaking in Tarragona. They launched Succés Vinícola in 2011 when they were only 20 years old.
Their first wine La Cuca de Llum, Catalan for ‘firefly’ is made from trepat, a variety usually grown for the production of cava rosado. When the pair went to sample fruit from a vineyard one night they spotted a rare firefly, this coupled with the rarity of still wine made from trepat led them to name their first wine after the insect.
They source old vine, organically farmed fruit from local abuelos to make their wines from trepat for reds and parellada for whites, another variety traditionally only used for cava, rarely seen as a white wine.
Tasting: From young Catalan winemaking couple Albert and Mariona. Aromas of ripe red and black fruit stand out, with slightly balsamic smoky notes. On the palate, it is balanced, with volume and a long and persistent medium bodied finish.
Bodega: Succés Vinícola
Region: D.O. Conca de Barberà
Grapes: Trepat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo
Tasting: Trepat was long thought to not be capable of producing good still wine (it has traditionally been used to produce rose cava), talented producers are changing the reputation of the grape with some very fine Trepat wines. La Cuca de Llum means Firefly in Catalan, winemaking couple Albert and Mariona saw fireflies over the Trepat vineyard that they had gone to sample fruit from at night, therefore they named their first wine after the elusive insect. Light bodied with dusky bramble fruits, plush and silky tannins, with an aromatic nose of lilacs and blackberry blossom. Farmed organically and only minimal sulphites used.
Tasting: Making great wine from a grape variety that many people for years thought was impossible, has given young winemaking couple Albert and Mariona many opportunities for naming their wines in a way that thumbs their nose at this presumption. El Mentider - The Liar - is a wine of beautifully aromatic and poised elegance. The nose is redolent of wild berries on late summer afternoons, the wine slides seductively across the palate, light in body, showing dusky blueberries, soft cassis, rounded plush black plum with a long finish.