Can Rafols dels Caus
At Can Ràfols dels Caus history is not to be told but perceived.
The property has a past that goes back over a thousand years. The oldest documents that mention the existence of the estate are from the year 992, but the earliest mention of the name Caus appears in 1478.
Thus, the origin of the fortified farmhouse that is still the historical epicentre of activities on the property harks from the fifteenth century. However, there are architectural details within the building itself that demonstrate the Roman origin of the farm.
One of the main charms of the rambling farmhouse are the extensions and modifications it has undergone through the centuries. The stones of the arches in the main part of the building date from 1634, whereas the portal of the present chapel, which was built over a pre-existent one, has an inscription that reads 1788. All these aspects and many others, add up to a complex structure that maintains an extraordinary degree of harmony with the environment.
The estate’s dedication to agriculture can be seen in its coat of arms that displays a plough, a hoe and a “falqueta”, a tool traditionally used in tending the vines. This instrument proves the longstanding winegrowing tradition at Can Ràfols dels Caus.
In 1979 Carlos Esteva decided to go and live in his grandfather’s estate, Can Ràfols dels Caus.
His early attempts with viticulture occurred on the island of Menorca in the 1970’s, but it wasn’t until he took charge of the family estate that he decided to get involved in the production of wines of quality, body and soul, respecting the characteristics of the surrounding landscape and the architecture within a sustainable scope.
Carlos Esteva’s arrival in the Garraf was nothing short of a revolution: not only did he embark on the daunting task of restoring the noble but derelict masia (traditional Catalan farmhouse), but he regenerated the farming of the vineyards, introducing new varieties and methods of cultivation, making a decisive bet on quality wines of unique character that would give an identity to his estate winery.
With various decades of experience in the wine world, Carlos Esteva continues to distinguish himself for his ample culture in this sector – he has been named head of the prestigious International Academy of Wine – and for his capacity to diversify: not satisfied with having created some twenty references at Can Ràfols dels Caus – both wines and cavas – he has steered other projects such as Mas Oller in the Empordà and Can Camps a small estate that has the distinction of producing wine from vineyards located in the midst of the Natural Park of the Massís del Garraf.