Fil.loxera & CIA
Joan Llobell, Pilar Esteve, and Jose Ramon Domenech
Malvasia, Macabeo, Monastrell, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Valenci, Moscatel Romano, Arco, Ojito de Perdiz
Everything coming out of this young venture established in the Clariano subarea of Valencia is out of the ordinary: the grape varieties, the winemaking styles, the packaging, and the quirky names chosen for the wines. Founded in 2011, Fil.loxera is the brainchild of three friends (Joan Llobell, and wife and husband Pilar Esteve and Jose Ramon Domenech) all with long-standing experience in the wine business in Valencia. The name refers to the fact that this project marked a turning point in their lives, just like phylloxera changed the world of wine abruptly. We went from doing what we were allowed to, to decide for ourselves. We just wanted to produce local wines exploring the potential of indigenous grape varieties, says Jose Ramon. While indeed local wines made from obscure indigenous varietals in a home cellar, the quality is world class.