Joan Rubio is thought of by his peers and colleagues with a reverence not often seen, not only is he spoken of fondly as a person but his council is sought by many for agriculture advice, he has an ease and love for sharing his knowledge.
In 2015, Joan returned home to the family estate, and with wife Angels they created Cal Tiques. Located in the village of Cal Rubio in Santa Margarida I els Monjos, it lies 17 kilometres from the Mediterranean. Planted to Xarello predominantly, supported by Macabeu, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo and Sumoll, new plantings of Malvasia de Sitges as well as cereals and olive trees. The soils are composed of clay and limestone, with some plots rich in fossilised ocean sedimentary.
Joan’s wines are captivating and the most elegant wines I have tasted from Catalunya; pulsating and precise. Of inherent beauty, they convey the meticulous work done in the vineyard; alive and expressive, with energy, salinity and minerality.