Celler Frisach (Rosé + Rouge)
Francesc Ferre’s family has been farming grapes organically in Terra Alta for over 200 years ... but has only been making wine for ten, when the precocious 21-year-old Francesc took over. The vineyards have never been sprayed or treated with chemical fertilizers. His rosé is a triple-threat blend of all three Grenaches (Rouge, Gris, and Blanc). Picked and co-fermented on the same day, this is a seaside summer day. The red (L'Abrunet Negre) is Grenache and Carignan at its most insouciant and Spanish: spicy, bright, mineral, and purplicious. And look at this angel on the label!
Catalonians Mariona Vendrell and Albert Canela fell in love when they were both 20 and created Succés Vinicola after discovering a mutual passion for winemaking. It has now been over a decade since they've been creating fun, naturally produced wines that everyone will enjoy. Simple yet beautiful, the trepat is light-bodied but extremely aromatic, reminiscent of Jura reds. The rosé comes from the limestone hills north of Tarragona . It's a tart, refreshing, very berry rosé perfect for the end of summer.
Bodegas Vegalfaro (Blanco + Tinto)
In addition to having 2017 Valencian winemaker of the year Rodolfo Valiente at the helm, these wines are unfined, unfiltered, and certified vegan! The red is bizarrely elegant for the price; a short amount of oak aging adds complexity and depth (but no "oakiness"). Subtle hints of spice and earth, too, along with notes of dried violets, black peppercorns, and tobacco. The white is aromatic and fresh with just the right amount of citrus notes.