Javier López, Agricultural Engineer and MBA from the University of California, worked several years in his family wine distribution company in Switzerland. In 1999 he decided to buy a propriety in TORROJA DEL PRIORAT and to plant 6 hectares of vineyard of high density and low yield. Within the estate there was a second 105 years old Carignan vineyard that he recovered over the years. In 2004 he produced the first wine, MELIS 2004, DOQ PRIORAT, which was awarded with 94 points PARKER. The BESSONS vineyard of 4.5 Ha in Torroja del Priorat was also incorporated into the project, which, together with the MELIS estate, are the two largest single vineyards in Torroja del Priorat.
In 2005, Antoni Sánchez, graduated in Chemistry and PhD in Enology, joined the production team while new vineyards were added to CELLERS MELIS.
Since then, the team was completed by a number of members who, year after year, in the vineyards and wineries, guarantee the effort, continuity and regularity of our quality.
In 2007 Antoni Sanchez conceived the range of SAURI wines, a concept of young and natural wines not subject to any Appellation Council, coming from Montsant vineyards that over time has been extended to 6 references for all palates.
In 2015, a second winery and its vineyards, located in Tarragona, 20 miles from PRIORAT and 3 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, were incorporated to the project.
The unique identity of their lands
Quality of Melis wines
Among the twelve Catalan denominations, the Priorato is without a doubt the one that has achieved the most international renown in a short period of time. But El Priorato is giving an incredible change, renewing the viticulture, the elaboration and the aging bringing wines with more finesse and complexity without detracting from the character and strength that characterize the wines of this area.
The quality of its wines, both traditional and new, is based on a unique microclimate and soil.
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