Although you certainly wouldn’t guess it by the look of their bottles, the Vaquer family’s wine business, Casa Mariol, has been going strong for 3 generations, and they’ve been making wine at home for even longer. Hailing from the wine-centric town of Batea in Terra Alta, this is a family that takes its craft seriously. In contrast to Casa Mariol’s traditional history of winemaking, their products are wrapped up in playful, modern packaging that’s both approachable and utilitarian. Their prize-winning label designs, each with their own QR code, function as a simple guide to understanding each wine, with information from tasting notes to food parings.
The flagship bodega, also bearing the name Casa Mariol, brings the age old customs of their medieval hometown to the urban environment. At the core of this company’s beliefs is the idea that their wines should be accessible and that they should always be enjoyed in good company. Their Barcelona bodega serves this purpose and then some. Offering Terra Alta wines served straight from the cask, tastings, courses, a great selection of products to buy and bring home, a lively aperitivo scene featuring their artisan vermouth and lots of aperitivo snacks and regional food specialties, Casa Mariol brings people together from all over the city. If you’re in Barcelona, don’t miss the opportunity to stop by and, if you’ve got the time, stay a while, we promise you’ll feel right at home in this innovative little wine bar come vermouth cafe.
What to Order
- Stuffed olives
- Mussels in escabeche
- Coca – a flatbread typical of Catalonia
- Clotxa araengada* – a stuffed roll typical of Catalonia, filled with tomato, onion, garlic and herring
- Wash it all down with a glass or two of wine or their delicious vermouth
- For those who prefer caffeine to alcohol, try the Suau Quim – a mix of coffee, a bit of sugar, soda water and a hint of cinnamon.
* clotxas offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays