Rene Barbier was one of the founding members of the Gratallops group that managed to put their small corner of Priorat on the map because of the quality of the wines they were producing. They used local grape varieties like Cannena blended with imported French varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon. They were largely responsible for the elevation of Priorat to DOC status, the highest wine classification in Spain. Rene established his Clos Mogador estate in 1982.
I climbed through the vineyards with Rene which all have to be worked manually as they are so steeply terraced. I was interested to hear about the biodynamic methods he is using in the vineyards: These sound curious but clearly produce great wine as I found later at a tasting with Rene.