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Bodega Coca i Fitó, located in the town of El Masroig (Tarragona) is a venture which, despite its youth, has managed to release a range of wines on the market which makes the most of the wealth and tradition of the wine regions of Montsant and Terra Alta, their unique climates and the composition of their soils. With a work philosophy targeted at expressing the terroir, Coca i Fitó wines enjoy recognition from prestigious international publications such as US magazines The Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast and have been highlighted for their diversity, and ability to combine complexity and terroir with easy-to-understand and affordable wines. The driving force behind the venture are brothers, Toni and Miquel Coca, who, in 2006 after a long career in the wine industry, decided to launch this adventure with the aim of increasing awareness about the quality of the region’s vineyards. Toni Coca, the bodega’s technical director carried out his studies at the ‘Jaime Ciurana’ School of Oenology in Falset and at the University of Tarragona. Since 1986 he has worked as technical advisor to various bodegas under DOs Penedès, Montsant and Priorat, among others. In contrast, Miquel Coca trained in the gastronomy and hospitality sectors, before dedicating himself to the world of wine via top-of-the-range wine sales on international markets. Bodega Coca i Fitó’s recently inaugurated facilities are located in the town of El Masroig, in the province of Tarragona (Catalonia) under DO Montsant. Although the bodega boasts eight hectares of its own vineyards, ranging in age from 15 to 80 years, spread around the municipalities of the Falstet Valley: Marça, Capçanes, Guiamets, Pradell de la Teixeta, and La Serra d´Almos, the bodega’s commitment to expressing the region’s terroir obliges it to carry out a constant search and selection of the best vineyards in the area, and has even led it to make a white wine under DO Terra Alta. The region’s climate, with its scarce rainfall and extreme temperature differences between summer and winter, together with the predominantly granite and chalk soils, which are generally poor in organic material, give the region’s wines a characteristic minerality and concentration. In addition, Coca i Fitó carries out an exhaustive and independent selection and handling process at every wine estate in order to preserve the unique properties offered by the individual terroirs to the full. This special handling is also employed in the winemaking process, where the bodega is at pains to avoid altering the raw material as much as possible, so that the resulting wine is capable of expressing every single nuance of its origins.

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The event, driven by the Spanish Wine Federation, will be preceded by a declaration of commitment to the fight against climate change

On 10th June, the city of Barcelona is to host a congress driven by the Spanish Wine Federation (FEV), in collaboration with Alimentaria and the Vimac and Fivin Foundations, which aims to heighten awareness in the sector about the fight against climate change. Wineries for Climate Protection will look at the impact of global warming in the wine industry and will bring together numerous international wineries to talk about their experiences of protecting the environment and reducing CO2 emissions.

The congress will be presided over by former president of Chile and UN special envoy for climate change, Ricardo Lagos, and boasts the intervention of the chairman of the Spanish Wine Federation, Félix Solís, among others. Throughout the morning the theme of the congress will be focused around the experiences of international wineries in their fight against climate change, and will include the participation of international companies such as Moët et Chandon from France, and Fetzer Vineyards from the US, as well as various Spanish bodegas famous for their eco-friendly commitment: Vega Sicilia, Grupo Codoríu and Grupo Matarromera.

The forum’s afternoon session will focus on analysing the wine market tendencies of organic products and will listen to different points of view on the problem of climate change from important figures from the sector such as Miguel A. Torres, Ignacio Sánchez Chivite and Jose Luís Bonet. This last event, a round table, will be moderated by Spanish Master of Wine, Pancho Campo.

The day before the Wineries for Climate Protection congress takes place, the official signing of the ‘Declaración de Barcelona’ will be carried out; a declaration of intentions from the wineries and participants in the congress on their commitment to the flight against climate change.

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