Francesc Boronat is a young winemaker in his late 20’s from the small, picturesque town of Nulles, in Tarragona, 45 minutes southwest of Barcelona. The village is 20 minutes from the ocean, and his vines are surrounded by olive trees, orange trees, rosemary, and wild fennel.
Francesc comes from a long history of winegrowing, most of his family who sold grapes to the large domaines of the region, as well as to the local cooperative. Upon graduating from oenology school, Francesc worked in several larger bodegas in Spain and in New Zealand. He returned home to Nulles to work by his father's side on the family vineyards and has also taken over three parcels of the most beautiful old vines of Macabeo for his own project, Tanca Els Ulls. He now leases a stunning parcel of Cartoixa de Marina, which is north facing and also composed of 80+-year-old vines. The Malvasia that his father planted 10 years ago, following a trip to Sicily, completes the small domaine of 6 hectares, for the time being. The first official vintage of Tanca Els Ulls was in 2016. Tanca Els Ulls, close your eyes in Catalan, is a reference to the idea of following one's dreams and looking towards the stars.
Francesc’s wines are vibrant, energetic expressions of the old vines, laced with sea salt, garrigue, and Mediterranean citrus. The sea breezes contribute to finding a balance between fruit and acidity and his work with skin contact and fermentation in amphora lend to incredible texture and tension in the wines. Francesc’s natural instinct, calm and collected way of working and attention to detail make his wines some of the most exciting, complex, and electric in the region.