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LOOK INTO THE ART AND CULTURE OF EMPORDÀ THROUGH ITS CHARACTERS

AOVE Fontclara

OLIVE OIL THAT PAYS HOMAGE TO A LOVE STORY

By Emma Aixalà Photo Yayoi Sawada

Fontclara extra virgin olive oil is the dream of a man captivated by the Empordà landscape.



Perelada Winery

ONE FAMILY’S DREAM

The Peralada Group inaugurates the new winery to promote sustainability, experimentation, and innovation. “We started to develop the idea of building a new winery in Peralada more than twenty years ago. In my mind I envisioned a project that would enhance the value of Peralada’s winemaking tradition while also taking an ambitious look towards the future. Today, and even though it might sound cliché, it’s a dream come true and I look back on the road it took to get here with great satisfaction”


Wine route

DO EMPORDÀ CHARACTER

By Emma Aixalà

The vineyards and the varieties are as unique as the land and their winemaking passion. These are the men and women of the Empordà Designation of Origin. We observe the bottle's silhouette, the design of the label, the nuanced colors, the cork that has protected it, and when it’s finally in our glass, we close our eyes and let ourselves be conquered by a rush of aromas and flavors. This sip of happiness is more than just grapes: it's the land, sea, water, sun, and wind that sweeps over the vineyards and dries the hands of the workers who care for them. These men and women have a firm commitment and dedication no matter how hard the tramuntana winds are blowing.

Cabratosa

STEEL AND GLASS BETWEEN MODERNITY AND TRADITION

Design must respect and enhance the beauty of a setting in a dialogue between architecture and the landscape, managing to highlight the characteristics of both. But how can we do that with an old building? What are the challenges we must address when renovating it? How do we interact with the story behind it? These are the questions Metàl·lics Cabratosa asks when commissioned to work on a project. The company specializes in windows and metal elements and boasts years of experience working with historical structures and adapting them to new functions. Its architects are passionate about managing the complexity behind projects, handling customer needs, and offering the highest quality. 

Joana Santamans

RESCATANDO EL OFICIO DE PINTOR

By Emma Aixalà Photo Andrea Ferrés

Nos ha cautivado con un bestiario precioso que nos mira directamente a los ojos. Hoy lo hace con una conversación en su casa, en un pequeño pueblo del Alt Empordà. La pintora Joana Santamans dice estar en un momento de reflexión, de mirar y remirar, de darse tiempo para sentir qué quiere. Con una melodía de piano y la carcajada de su hija de fondo, confiesa que le llega todo lo que proyecta en el universo.

Marta Carola

THE WOMAN FROM THE ALBERA

By Emma Aixalà Photo Andrea Ferrés

She has a noble, transparent, silent, and discreet gaze illuminated by the light from the mountains she calls home where she is committed to a species that is in danger of extinction, the Albera cow.

 


Núria Comamala

LANGUAGE TEACHER

By Emma Aixalà Photo Javi Almar

Núria is a linguist who has lived abroad and understands what not knowing the language of your adopted land means. That's why she created the school www.nuriacomamala.com, offering online Catalan and Spanish classes to foreigners who have settled in Catalonia.

Javier Garcés

AND THE HOOPOE’S FLIGHT

By Eudald Camps Photo Javier Almar

Javier Garcés (Zaragoza, 1959) has it really clear: “Although it’s very important, being able to make things is only a part of it… What’s necessary, primarily, is to be able to look.” Besides this statement of principles what remains is to choose your vehicle and if painting is your medium of choice, as a contemporary artist it’s not the easiest path, as Garcés can testify. 

Jordi Pigem

«VITAL INTELLIGENCE»

By Gabriel Ventura Photo Andrea Ferrés

Post-materialism is a term that has been used by sociologists for more than 40 years to describe certain values focused on human participation, interest in ecology and respect for diversity, in contrast to the so called materialistic values, centered in economic and military security.

Enric Pladevall

ENCRYPTING THE DREAM

By Eudald Camps Photo Yayoi Sawada

At the turn of the century, Enric Pladevall (Vic, 1951) decided to focus all his efforts on creating l’Olivar, a space aiming to blend art and nature in Ventalló at the heart of the Empordà. His life project (www.lolivar.cat) was committed to multiple creative disciplines through integration with the countryside. His tenacity, combined with his restless artistic gaze that does not settle for the immediate, led him to reinforce the initial project with a crypt (www.cripta.cat). This installation is a corollary to an entire lifetime of projects that often involve an unlikely fusion between a nearly minimalist artistic sensitivity and scenography that flirts with overindulgence when necessary: Pladevall in his purest state.