Mas d’en Gil is the historic name of a preeminent 312-acre estate in Priorat with a winemaking history of over 300 years. For most of the twentieth century it was known as Masia Barril, purchased in the 1930s by Rafael Barril, and was among the three principal progenitors of modern Priorat along with Scala Dei and de Muller. Under these auspices, Classical Wines had introduced the estate’s wines to the US market in the 1980s. Thus we celebrate a ’homecoming’ of sorts.
The Rovira family of Vilafranca del Penedes, with long experience in the Spanish wine trade, acquired Masia Barril in 1998 from Rafael Barril’s widow Magdalena and proceeded to conserve and upgrade the vineyards and facilities, reapplying the original name. The estate is farmed organically and includes multiple crops and forest, with vineyards constituting just 30% of the surface area.