In 1979 Carles Pastrana and Mariona Jarque recovered the family winemaking tradition and started off on a long adventure aimed to rescue the old Carthusian wines in the heart of the lands that were once under the dominion of the priors of Scala Dei, a monastery located in the Catalan region of El Priorat. Carles and Mariona created the properties of Clos de l’Obac and Miserere, replanting vines along the banks of the river Siurana in the southern pre-coastal area of Catalonia, and established the Clos de l’Obac Winery. They began to make their first wines in 1989, reaching an important milestone when the World Wine Guide declared CLOS DE L’OBAC to be one of the world’s 150 best wines.
At the end of the 1970s, the married couple Pastrana & Jarque (Clos de l’Obac), together with a friend of those times, René Barbier (Clos Mogador) –the son of a family of Tarragona wine merchants–, began to replant vines in El Priorat with the aim to produce some great wines there.
Over a period of more than ten years, their project aroused little interest among wine professionals and did not win the trust of financial and governmental institutions because of its great ambition, its geographical location, its promoters’ inadequate economic resources and the limited winemaking knowledge of almost all those engaged in the venture. Despite these shortcomings, however, in the ten-year period 1979-1989, this group finally succeeded in achieving and even surpassing the initial goal. At the beginning of the 1980s the team was joined by the chemist Toni Basté (Clos Basté Krug), a Catalan living in Strasbourg. He was soon followed by Fernando Garcia (Clos Setién), a wine importer in Frankfurt, and by the biologist and director of the Enology Section of the Falset Vocational Training School, Josep L. Pérez (Clos Martinet), in 1986.
These five people, together with a resident of Gratallops, Antonio Rosario (Clos Ballesteros Jové), who worked for them as a farmer, formed the whole project’s core until 1987, when it was superseded by the founding of an agricultural company that was joined by Adrian Garsed (Clos Garsed) from England and Luc Van Iseghem (Clos dels Llops) from Flanders, who were wine merchants of London and Ostend, respectively. In 1989 and 1990, before the first wine was bottled, Daphne Glorian (Clos Erasmus) from Switzerland and Álvaro Palacios from La Rioja (Clos Dofí) also joined the project, although they never came to form part of the company.
In 1993, the World Wine Guide, considered Clos de l’Obac as a one of the top 150 wines of the world.