Roser Catasús and Sergi Castro, will offer a master tasting of the most emblematic wine from the Vinya La Scala Gran Reserva winery in the Penedès region, in a historic tour of what was the first wine made mainly with cabernet sauvignon in Spain.

With a limited number of wines produced, Vinya La Scala was created in 1970 on a small plot of 8 hectares planted in 1963 at an altitude of 295 metres in the heart of Penedès, and is today one of the few Catalan wines classified as ‘Vi de Finca’, the highest distinction awarded by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia.

The origin of this wine dates back to 1964 when Jean Leon, a Cantabrian emigrant to the United States, who had succeeded as a restaurateur in Hollywood, planted cabernet sauvignon in a Penedès estate from the remains of a pruning that he and the oenologist Jaume Rovira had secretly collected from the renowned Château Lafite in Bordeaux. In 1969, the first wine was produced from this vineyard, the loamy clay soils of which, with good water retention, are ideal for cultivating cabernet. Jean Leon used it entirely at the La Scala restaurant he ran in America, while continuing to introduce noble varieties in Penedès to produce wines of a notably French style.

But it was not until 1981 that he rose to fame as a winemaker, particularly in Spain, when it became known that the wine that Ronald Reagan had chosen for his inaugural dinner as president of the United States came from Jean Leon, with whom he was friendly. It was his Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva from the 1975 vintage.