The immense motivation and common values behind the team in Clos Pachem creates a multi-disciplinary and versatile environment while ensuring the welfare of the people and our natural resources.
Founder and active manager of Clos Pachem. Born in France to a Swiss mother and French father. His father, passionate about wine, guided and shared his passion with him. Although Michel trained as a surgeon (he is currently leading a medical foundation to help children in third world countries). For over 20 years he has participated in different wine fair associations, and as a founding member of an“urban cellar” (Les Vignerons Parisiens) combining work and passion. 10 years ago chance brought Michel to the Priorat. He was amazed by the scenery and by the people of this wine terrain. Clos Pachem is the result of these experiences and a never ending passion. Situated in the old quarters of Gratallops, it encompasses sustainability through its architecture, the scenery and its people.
Vanessa Diaz Meyer
ADMINISTRATION & EVENTS
Vanessa helps outwith the cellar’s management, she ensures different areas are running smoothly, such as administration, marketing and wine tourism… tending the vineyard and helping out in the cellar if the opportunity arises. Born in Malaga, her father from Andalucia and her mother from Denmark, she has lived in France and the United Kingdom. She moved to the Priorat following her passion for rock climbing, and what at first was for a year, became a lifelong project. Just by chance, she started working in a cellar. Organising visits she discovered her new passion in the world of wine. For more than 7 years, Vanessa has worked in the wine industry, involved in the administration, wine tourism, while giving support to the exports and marketing departments. Curiosity has been her vital incentive and currently she is finishing her professional sommelier course in the Rovira i Virgili university in Tarragona.
Pep Riba Comaposada
HEAD OF ENOLOGY & VITICULTURE
Pep manages our vineyards and produces our wine. He originates from Santa Coloma de Queralt, with a dilated experience in civil engineering, his life completely changed during a trip to Australia where he was introduced to viticulture, an experience which inspired him and changed his life ambitions. On his return home, he decides to study wine making in the Rovira i Virgili university of Tarragona. During the past 7 years, he has had the opportunity of working in the Napa Valley (California), the Penedés, Gredos and currently in the Priorat.
Pau Peyri Pellicer
VITICULTURE & WINE MAKER
Originally from Porrera, descendant of local viticulturists and with over 16 years experience in the wine sector. After 7 years working in local cellars, Pau decided to move forward by starting an Enology degree in in the Rovira i Virgili university of Tarragona. After completing his degree, he went to Oporto, in Portugal, where he experienced a totally new wine world, completely different to that of the Priorat. After his experience in Portugal, he decided to return to Catalonia, stopping first in the Penedes and then returning to his home in the Priorat.
Jordi Gimenez Savall
Jordi is originally from Tarragona and passionate about wine culture. With 22 year’s experience in sales, Jordi decided it was time for a change and joined the Michael Grupper Project in the Priorat, where he has applied his vast experience in sales to the wine sector. Currently he holds the 2 WSET, but he doesn’t isolate himself from further knowledge.
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