Fredi Torres was born to a farming and fishing family in Galicia. He spent much of his childhood in Switzerland, where he later worked for Nike and then spent nearly a decade touring full time as a DJ in the European House music scene. But his rural, Iberian roots eventually called him back to the land. He studied viticulture and wine making in Switzerland and then spent time working in Burgundy, Argentina, South Africa and Priorat.
In the end, it was the dramatic soils and old vines from the DO of Priorat, Catalunya that captured his attention. In 2004, after working with Clos Mogador, he founded Sao del Coster with partners from Switzerland. From the beginning the focus was on organic and biodynamic farming in the vineyards and non-interventionist winemaking in the cellar. But as sometimes happens, the winemaker and the book keepers (his partners) began to see things differently. Last year Fredi purchased 8.5 HA of land in Priorat and began his own project. He is planting only 3HA of this land. He will work this land himself and make the wines he wants to make.
Not far from his new plot in Priorat, he is farming a 5HA vineyard in Montsant. This is a high elevation site with views of the Sea and constant winds. He is partnered with a friend, Antonie Touton.
Back in his homeland of Galicia, Fredi and two friends have founded Silice Viticultores. They are restoring old vines on the impossibly steep and rocky slopes of the river Sil within the D.O. of Ribeira Sacra.
Fredi farms all of his vines organically with biodynamic principles and all of the winemaking is non-interventionist. The only thing ever added to the wines is a little sulfur at bottling. All ferments are with native yeast and there is no fining or filtering. The goal is to make wines with bright acidity, pure fruit and low alcohols. Spanish wines 2.0
Fredi Torres "Finca Maruxa" Albariño Rías Baixas 2014
Fredi Torres produces this very limited bottling of Albariño from 100+ year old vines (cepas viejas) grown in the Valle del Salnés – Rías Baixas. Trenchant, precise, and loaded with minerality.
Fredi Torres "Classic" Priorat 2014
Graceful and elegant are two apt descriptors for Fredi Torres’ "Classic". Crunchy red fruits, white pepper and a whiff of fresh herbs on the palate juxtapose perfectly with the wines medium body, fresh acidity and fine tannic structure.
Touton & Torres "La Selección" Montsant 2014
From a cool, windy site in Montsant. There is a richness to the fruit here, but the wine has fresh acidity, moderate alcohol and light tannins. The overall sensation is one of ripeness but balance. This is definitely not trying to be Priorat – it is speaking of its specific, ocean influenced site. A complex wine that goes down easy.
Touton & Torres "La Deva" Montsant 2014
La Deva is a terraced vineyard site overlooking the Ebro River Valley in the Spanish DO of Montsant. The soils are primarily composed of clay-limestone and are south-swest facing at 300m elevation. 2014 marks the inaugural vintage of the Touton & Torres La Deva, which exhibits intensity and elegance.
Fredi Torres "Silice Viticultores" (Ribeira Sacra) 2015
From old vines on ultra steep, pure rock slopes. Fredi, Juan and Carlos are nursing neglected vines back to health and making exciting wines in the Ribeira Sacra D.O. These are pure wines that are very soil driven.