At the end of the 19th century the phylloxera plague struck the European continent, the Roig Family had to move to the French vineyards of the Roussillon (France) because of their good and reliable expertise. They were owners of several hectares of vineyards in the Empordà Appellation of the Northern Catalonia, but had to work somewhere else to make their living. Then, in 1896, was when our great-grandfather started to re-plant the vines of Carignan.
When phylloxera hit France, the solution to the disease was rapidly found by using resistant root-stocks. Quality producing species already grown locally in France and Spain, were grafted on American resistant rootstocks and thus planted to renew the wine production.
The Roig Family brought back from France the grafts of the Carinyena (also called Carignane in France or Samsó in Catalunya), that we still cultivate today. The first plants date back from the 1890s. That legacy has been preserved until today with effort and perseverance to transform those grapes into the balanced and authentic wine we now introduce to you.
Our vineyards are located on the plains of Mollet de Peralada, 50 meters above sea level. The soils are sandy with a minor mixture of clay and river sediments. The Mediterranean climate gives personality to our wines, with the Tramontana as the protagonist and a very scarce annual rainfall.
Roig Parals has modernized the entrepreneurship of our ancestors at the vineyards and cellar in order to continue the family tradition. “Terroir” expression, organic farming and sustainability help us with the cul- tivation of our twelve hectares that today include not only the old Samsó vines but also traditional white Grenache, Moscatel and Macabeu or the in- ternational Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.