LECTORES VINI was founded in 2016 by Marc Lecha and Fredi Torres (Lec +Tores; lectores also means “readers”), longtime friends who share a passion for Catalunya’s unique local grape varieties and diverse regions, as well as a vision for making fresh and fluid wines that express the energy of intense Mediterranean terroirs in surprising new ways.
Marc is from Catalunya, an historian by education and publisher by trade, who fell in love with wine and decided to switch careers in 2009. He owned a natural wine shop in Barcelona for several years, then set off on a bike trip around Spain to deepen his understanding of the wine world and the people that make it tick. He spent a year in the Roussillon, working with Cyril Fhal at Clos du Rouge Gorge, followed by another year in Mallorca, before returning to Catalunya to start Lectores Vini with Fredi Torres. Fredi grew up between Galicia and Switzerland and travelled the world in his first career as a house DJ. He also fell in love with wine, enrolled in enology and viticulture school, then made the leap into winemaking. He honed his craft in the Priorat, at the legendary Clos Mogador then at Sao del Coster, before branching out to other regions as a consultant and co-founding Silice Viticultores in 2013.
Together, Fredi and Marc focus on four southern Catalan regions: Montsant, Priorat, Conca de Barberà and Penedes. Their Lectores Vini lineup consists of silky and vibrant wines from organically farmed grapes, vinified naturally, and priced accessibly. As Fredi says, “Marc and I are like Indiana Jones, looking for old vines, nice plots, and good grapes!”
Montsant Selección is a classic blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from the village of Masroig, which channels the rich personalities of those grapes and the Mediterranean warmth of Masroig into a velvety but mouthwatering expression of Montsant.
Priorat Clàssic is vibrant, versatile, and also mouthwatering, showing the electric charge of Garnacha and Carignan from Priorat’s famous rocky llicorella slate soils, alongside Lectores’ trademark light touch and restraint.
Pomagrana is an addictive duo: a crisp, herbal, light red Trepat, the fabulous local grape of Conca de Barberà; and a Xarello from Penedès, showing the depth of this complex Catalan variety in a bright and sunny, silky and refreshing white.