Enric Soler won Spain’s Sommelier Championship in 1997. He set up a tasting room in Barcelona, which he managed for 14 years, but after the death of his grandfather in 2004 he changed jobs and became a wine producer. Encouraged by friends, he decided not to sell the old Xarel.lo vineyard planted by his grandfather in 1945 in Sabanell (Font Rubí), in an area used as an airfield by the Republican Army during the Spanish Civil War, and started to take care of it himself.
Istiu tries to capture the character of a plot planted with equal amounts of Xarel.lo and Malvasía de Sitges. The wine is vinified in oak and aged for eight to nine months in third year, 300-litre French oak barrels.