Clos Pissarra is derived from the Catalan for “slate,” the soil type that covers the ground in Spain’s premier wine region. Maruxa Roel, born in Galicia, Spain, is general manager and winemaker for Clos Pissarra, a winery that produces fine vintages from an otherwise difficult, yet religiously significant, terrain, which is what makes the wines produced there so special. Prior to holding this esteemed role in the heart of Spain’s wine country, Maruxa was a winemaker at the wine co-op in Pira and the highly-regarded Priorat producer, Mas d’en Gil.
Maruxa studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of Santiago de Compostela and Oenology at Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona. Her first winemaking position was as a lab technician at the wine co-op in Vila-rodona.