Catalonia; take care of yourself

by René Barbier, Maria del Mar Bonet, Manel Esteller

#Take care of it

“I think that taking care of the culture of a people means taking care of its roots, growing them.”
“We are lucky to live in an exceptional place; taking care of the environment means taking care of ourselves.”
“The land and its scenery are a temporary loan and we have a profound responsibility to know that we have borrowed them”

Strolling around, breathing, enjoying and sharing this unique landscape that is Catalonia is also a way of taking care of ourselves. Everything is part of a great soul: the landscape, culture, architecture, music and so on. We have to keep it alive.
Catalonia; take care of yourself! #Take care of it


Manel Esteller | Doctor

Manel Esteller is a Doctor of Medicine and one of the world’s leading biomedical researchers.

He graduated in Medicine with Honours at the University of Barcelona in 1992, where he also earned his PhD specialising in Molecular Genetics of Endometrial Carcinoma in 1996.

He was a research fellow in the School of Biological and Medical Sciences at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland, United Kingdom) where his investigation focused on the study of the molecular genetics of hereditary breast cancer. From 1997 to 2001 Manel was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, USA) where he studied the methylation of DNA and its relationship with human cancer.
His results have been crucial in establishing that the hypermethylation of tumour suppressor genes is a hallmark of human tumours. Since October 2008 Dr Esteller has been the Director of the Cancer Epigenetics and Biology Programme at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute in Barcelona and Head of the Cancer Epigenetics Group. He has been appointed Director of the Josep Carreras Research Institute and also holds the positions of Professor of Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Barcelona and Researcher at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies.

He is the author of more than 510 original, accredited manuscripts in the field of biomedical sciences and has been awarded numerous times for his excellent research work at the national and international levels.


Maria del Mar Bonet | Singer-songwriter

Maria del Mar Bonet is one of the most international female voices on the Catalan scene.

She was born in Palma de Mallorca but in 1966 she moved to Barcelona to combine ceramics studies with music. There she became a member of the Sixteen Judges, forming part of the New Song movement and making her first records.

Starting in 1970 she began to perform in numerous cities around Europe and North Africa, the United States, Cuba, South America, Japan, etc. as well as at festivals in Athens, Istanbul and Edinburgh where she was recognised as one of the finest voices in Europe.

The Mediterranean has always been the point of reference for her personal and artistic life and she sees it as her source of inspiration. Maria del Mar uses it to compose her own songs, blending the popular roots of the towns and villages along the Mediterranean shoreline where she has sung during the almost fifty years of her outstanding artistic career.

Her recordings and her taste for beauty and poetry are flawless. Plus she also has the privilege only available to a select few of going from decade to decade knowing that they are loved and respected.


René Barbier | Winemaker and wine producer

René Barbier is a Catalan winemaker and wine producer of French origin.

A direct descendant of a French family of winemakers who can be traced back to 1200, just like his ancestors he has spent his life working in the wine world.

He trained at the leading winemaking schools in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Limoux and his experience in the world of wine includes viticulture, marketing and making his own wines.

He is seen as a visionary who revolutionised El Priorat wines in the 1970s. René is the creator of Clos Mogador, Manyetes, Nelin white wine and Espectacle del Montsant. With this latter wine he reached a turning point in his career, picking up several awards and becoming someone who sets the standard for wine lovers.

René believes that the identity of a wine is a reflection of its natural and human surroundings. This makes El Priorat into the perfect setting owing to the features of its land, tradition, climate and biodiversity which bring a unique heritage to Catalan wines.

Discover El Priorat with René Barbier!

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