HISTORY

MasVida is a little paradise. An old rectory that became alive again 25 years ago, a recovered cultural landscape, 10 ha of vineyard, more than 4.000 olive trees. Our  handmade wine production turns out in 14.000 bottles per year. MasVida 17, MasVida 117, MasVida 23 i MasVida 32 are our wines.

"The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you're the pilot"

Let's think backwards, let’s remember, this is our history:

December 2013 – We have a new website and new presence in the social networks. Thanks to our friends of Visual13! MasVida online, we’re accessible to all. We have been on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for few months, now also in YouTube. Don’t lose our track!

June 2012 – The fith edition of the wine fair “Arrels del vi” in l’Empordà, in Sant Martí d’Empúries – second place for MasVida 117 and forth place for MasVida 32.

May 2012 – XVII Contest of Wine Tasting in Catalonia “GIROVÍ” – the gold medal goes for MasVida 17 2011 in Chardonnay white wines category.

July 2011 – Elisabet Rimalló becomes our full-time winemaker. From now on she will take care of MasVida’s wine and oil production.

April 2011 – XVI Contest of Wine Tasting in Catalunya “GIROVÍ” – the gold medal is for MasVida 32 2009 in black aging wines.
 
2011 – New MasVida wines are out in the market. Wines that allow us sharing our dream and illusion with you and that also present a new image; they are more moderns and energetics than ever. MasVida wines are available to all those ones that love wine, you don’t need to be an expert, you just need to feel. Let’s share!

2010 – We retake the activity in the winery, the wine production has been paused for some years, during this time we just took care of the vineyard and sold the grapes to other wineries. Elisabet Rimalló, who is part of the team lead by Jaume Serra, starts leading MasVida's winery. The women of the family, mother and daughter, start grasping the winery's control and suggest a stylish change. The family and the winemaker get along from the first moment on. Here some changes start. Arantza Cadenas, graphic designer, redesigns the logo, the labeling and the packaging (here we have another woman joining the team!).

March 2006 - XI Contest of Wine Tasting in Catalunya “GIROVÍ” - gold medal for MasVida Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 in black aging wines category and bronze medal for MasVida 2004 in white wines category.

March 2005 - X Contest of Wine Tasting in Catalunya “GIROVÍ” - bronze medal goes for MasVida Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 and silver leaf for MasVida Chardonnay 2003 in the barrel white wines category.
March 2004 - IX Contest of Wine Tasting in Catalunya “GIROVÍ” - bronze medal for MasVida Chardonnay 2002 in white wines category.

2002 – We plant Chardonnay in three new fields near the winery; from there, the strains can look after the whole plain, the entire Empordà, until it reaches the ocean.

2000 –  We broaden our winery. Didier, architect and winemaker, works on a project about a little great winery where everything is made to work in a handmade way, being aware of our winery size.

2000 – We are encouraged due to our success of the previous years, we increase our production. We have recovered and planted more and more olive tress and vineyards! We already have Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon strains in a vineyard called “la vinya d'en Font” and “la Plana”.

1995 – We decide to take a winemaker's advice and we build a little winery. It looks like it's serious. Jaume Serra, Simó Serra's son, a great winemaker from l'Empordà, just graduated and arrived from France, takes control of this dreamed wine. He leads us and encourage us in expanding the winery. We bottle our first wine in 1996.

1992 – MasVida produces wine again! Strains are showing their first fruits and, impatiently, using some old tools, souvenirs from a stay in a refuge in el Penedès, and a bunch of illusion, we get our first MasVida must. We are ignorant but also very brave people, we produce our first wine, followed by the second one. We give it as a present to our friends, they are grateful and smart people who never reject a present and try their best to make us feel proud of our wine. The truth is: it was anything but wine.

1990 – We broaden the vineyard by planting Cabernet Sauvignon in a field called “la parcel·la de'n Liru”.

1989 – Old vineyards and olive trees fields are replanted and recovered. Chardonnay, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon are planted in the field that is located down the house.

1988 – A man touched by the Tramontane and his small family, in a search for nature and adventure, decide to give some life to an amount of rocks. Their purpose is to give fertility to the fields, their promise: to rebuild the paradise.

1975 – Last MasVida inhabitants leave after abandoning the fields and the house, it starts to get damaged and to fall down, as well as the fields that surrounds it.

1956 – A frozen makes the temperature to descend to -15 degrees. All crops are lost. The olive trees die, the strains that have survived are cutted off and used to light some fire to warm up those ones who are cold.

1888 – Some local varieties are graft on some american strains that were resistant to phylloxera. However, the vineyard extension that was present in l'Empordà is not recovered.
1879 – A phylloxera plague infects the vineyards of l'Empordà. Many fields that were occupied by vineyards are replaced for olive trees fields.

1837 – The reactory near Vida sanctuary is given to people not linked to the church due to the Mendizábal confiscation. MasVida is now inhabited by farmers that work on the fields and live from their production.

1708 – A rectory by the side of the new chapel of Mare de Déu de Vida is rebuilt, it is called Mas Vida. The hermit lives in the rectory and works on the fields, the cultural landscape that is developing surrounding the house and the sanctuary is a result of the mediterranean rainfed crop: cereals, vineyards and olive trees.

XVII century – The rector Francesc Vehí reforms and alters the chapel of Sant Miquel. The refurbished sanctuary is dedicated to Mare de Déu de Vida. The old hermitage's absis is now the side chapel.

1492 – On the top of a hill, el Puig Corcoll, 250 metres above the sea level, near the village of Cistella and given the licence by the bishop Andreu Bertrán, the inhabitants of the village decide to build a chapel dedicated to Sant Miquel.
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218 BC – The romanization period starts in the mediterranean coast of Ibèria, the vineyards crops are extended, wine is exported and its commercialization takes place across all the mediterranean.

VII century BC – In Sant Martí d'Empúries, the greeks from Massàlia (Marseille) introduce the vineyard farming in the Iberian Peninsula.