We are two siblings, Maria Antònia and Sebastià Pastor Moyà, fourth generation of a family of wine tradition in Santa Maria del Camí, Mallorca. Our father, Sebastià Pastor Sureda, and our mother, Catalina Moyà Crespí, transmitted to us a lifestyle dedicated to the cultivation and elaboration of wine.
Our company is formed by Sebastià Pastor Moyà, chemist, oenologist, winemaker and master craftsman. He is in charge of the elaboration of our wines and of the company; Maria Antònia Pastor Moyà, who is in charge of marketing and event promotion, and also involved in the winemaking. Our mother, Catalina Moyà Crespí, is the owner of the winery and has worked for more than 30 years in our local shop.
To talk about our origins we have to go back to the year 1937, when Sebastià Pastor i Mayol, peasant and son of Majorcan countrymen, decided to start making wine from the juice of the grapes of the family vineyards. It should be noted that the wine tradition has been deeply rooted in our town since time immemorial. In fact, we have proof and documentation from before the Spanish Civil War (1936) that demonstrates the existence of more than thirty family wineries or family fomes where wine was made.
This is how, Sebastià Pastor i Mayol began this adventure. Although he had to go through many difficult times, thanks to his conviction and love of the land, and of course thanks to its fruits, he finally got his wines to get noticed. Therefore, even today, after four generations, his passion and esteem for the countryside and wine continues, as well as his spirit of constant struggle.
But nothing would have been possible without the female presence.Women have always been a part of this business, not only collaborating in the sales and direct contact with customers, but throughout the whole process. They are part of the essence of what has been and is the Sebastià Pastor winery. The first one was Francisca Batle Busquets, Sebastià Pastor i Mayol’s wife, with whom they had three children: Sebastià, Jaume and Llucia. With Francisca’s father, a construction worker, they made a winery (underground warehouse) in the family home and built a cellar to harvest and ferment wine. So they began to make the wine that they later sold to the surrounding country houses, among other clients.
Later, Sebastià Pastor i Mayol gave the current family house to his son Sebastià when he got married. This house had already built a winery with a tank, so they started to make and sell wine there. Since then this house and cellar is known as “Can Vinagre”, a name or nickname that is still alive in town. It is a nickname that has been always with us and that brings us identity and meaning, not only to our wines, but to our whole family. It may seem funny that a winery where wine is made is known as “Can Vinagre”, because ‘vinagre’ literary means ‘vinegar’, but the history of this name is very curious and has its origin in an anecdote that our grandfather, Sebastià Pastor Batle, has told us:
“It turns out that one day, a long time ago, my great-grandfather’s father was reaping in “Sa Baseta”, where the first house of Can Vinagre was. He must have been very tired of mowing and a car with a man selling vinegar passed along the road, and it occurred to him to tell him:
Mr. You want us to change our work? You will reap and I will sell vinegar, and people will call me “Mr. Vinegar”.
And this is how this name stuck, a label that we wear with great pleasure and pride, because it reminds us of who we are and where we came from.
In this way, then, they began to make wine growers: they took care of other people’s vineyards, such as Son Crespí, while they made their own wine in Can Vinagre’s winery. And it was that way until Sebastià Pastor Batle, our grandfather, decided to dedicate himself exclusively to making his wines. The tradition continued and in 1954 he married Maria Sureda, who also took over the sale of the wine in the store. The only son they had, Sebastià Pastor Sureda, took the rational generelevance and was the one who initiated the majority of changes and modernizations that were necessary to adapt to new times. In 1981 he married Catalina Moyà the current owner, containing as care manager and direct who continues to be in charge of attending the public and selling coine to customers in the old cellar of Can Vinagre.
Many years have passed, and the way of understanding winemaking has changed. The Sebastià Pastor’s winery has always had a clear need to make a policy of continuous improvement, to adapt and modernize the facilities. Thus, since the beginning with concrete tanks, we have developed our products with materials that have helped improve their quality, such as fiberglass or stainless steel. Moreover, we have incorporated new technologies to combine the traditional way of winemaking with the innovations that have emerged, studies and specializations of recent years, such as constant temperature control during the manufacturing process or controlled fermentation.
Sebastià Pastor Moyà, currently responsible for winemaking, is a oenologist and has incorporated his own laboratory into the new facilities. This has allowed the improvement of the quality of wines and the possibility to create new ones. It has also managed to maintain the inherited tradition and merge with it new knowledge and new technologies. One of our main characteristics is the maintenance of the essence and identity of our wines, and for this reason, beyond the inevitable modernizations, we continue to focus on cultivating and creating wines from the native varieties of our geographical area, such as Black Mantle (“Manto Negro”), Callet, and Whie Premsal (“Premsal Blanc”).
“The importance of this winery is to have maintained the sense of countrymen and family origin, but also to have adapted to the new trends that run through the world of wine” (Jaume Vich Pericas).