Venus "la Universal"
My name is René Barbier (fourth generation going by the same name!!!). I started out in the world of wine at Clos Mogador in 1992 with my father, the other René Barbier, the bearded one.
I have spent more than 20 years of my life dedicated to wine. For the first 10 years, I worked mainly in the winery and whilst I was there, I realized that in order to advance further, I needed to be out working the land…
In 2001 I had the option of buying a small old vine “coster” (steeply sloping, traditional) vineyard called Els Bellvisos. This vineyard had been abandoned and it was fascinating, sitting right in the middle of a steep grove of holm oaks, spectacular…a spot where I could learn about growing grapes.
It was at this same time that another great influence entered my life in the form of Sara Pérez.
Together with Sara we brought the vineyard back into production. It was an uncompromising spot, which however offered us the chance to make a wine which was at one with nature. We embarked on a project which was based on our philosophy on life: a sustainable, organic project where we could close the circle of life.