What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema occurs when the capacity of the lymphatic circulation is reduced, either by an obstruction or by an abnormal development of the lymphatic system. Consequently, protein-rich fluid (lymph) accumulates in the soft tissue and due to this accumulation, a swelling of the affected area occurs.

Lymphedema affects 270 million people worldwide and can affect both the upper and lower extremities. Only in Spain, between 1.3 and 1.5 million patients are estimated to be affected by this disease.

In developed countries, the first cause of Lymphedema is secondary to breast cancer, due to the removal or damage of the lymph nodes as a consequence of the oncological treatment. This pathology occurs in 13-40% of patients.

Currently, much progress is being made causing a positive impact on the quality of life of those women, who have felt their lives have considerably improved — although it is still necessary to do much more.

What has been achieved?

For many years, the treatment of Lymphedema has been practically restricted to a type of palliative treatment through physiotherapy. For some years now, many groups from all over the world have been involved. Among them, we find the group led by the distinguished Professor Koshima, or some other European groups, like ours in Hospital Sant Pau (Barcelona), also in Paris and Helsinki. All these teams are aiming to get a treatment which could potentially be curative and effective to improve the patients’ quality of life. Currently, we hold sustainable knowledge about how the lymphatic system works and the surgical techniques used to treat Lymphedema. We must continue to expand our knowledge about the lymphatic system, even though our focus of research and a large part of our resources are going to be allocated to preventive surgery. Our goal is to anticipate the appearance of Lymphedema, which we have already started doing by connecting the lymphatic vessels to veins to prevent it from developing. This is technically called Lymphatic Venous Anastomosis. However, these treatments still require many economic resources.

What do we want to do and with whom?

With the aspiration to achieve a treatment that is able to cure and improve the lives of our patients, we have initiated a solidarity partnership with Vinicola del Priorat wine cellar company, who shows a particular sensitivity for this type of health problems. It is the unique cooperative in the Priorat region formed by farmers producers that manages entirely all the process of production, elaboration and commercialization of its wine. Vinícola del Priorat, groups together 140 partners producers, with a total amount of 210 hectares of vineyards and 320 of olive trees. These producers are heirs of old farmers of our villages. They have known how to maintain alive the millenium cultivation of vineyards in these lands even though the adversity periods like phylloxera. They work in small vineyards with very low production per vine – around one kilo of grape-. Together, we have released 3 brand wines and one olive oil— a white wine and two red wine that we have called Ikigai.

Manifest

World Lymphedema Day

6th of March


Ònix Clàssic Negre

Silky and sweet wine.

Category: DOQ Priorat
Vintage: 2017
Production: 65.300 bottles.
Varieties: Grenache and Carignan.
Origin: Vines of Grenache and Carignan from 50 years old terraces. All of them collected in parcels from Gratallops, El Lloar, La Vilella Baixa and La Vilella Alta.
Elaboration: Handpicked grapes, fermentation in stainless steel tanks and bottled afterwards.
Consume up to: 2021

  • “Starts with a lovely fruit-driven nose with additionally the complexity of spicy, peppery aromas. Ripe black cherries and bramble, fresh black plums. Juicy, silky palate in which juicy, ripe plums dominate, hints of freshly ground black pepper make you want to drink the next sip, with a surprisingly long finish. No oak, just wine, and very pleasant indeed.” – Waalre, April 29th 2019


Ònix Evolución

“The (r)evolution of a land over time.”

Category: DOQ Priorat
Vintage: 2016
Production: 4.2000 bottles.
Varieties: Grenache and Carignan.
Origin: Vines of Grenache and Carignan from 70 years old hillsides. All of them collected in parcels from Gratallops, El Lloar, La Vilella Baixa and La Vilella Alta.
Elaboration: Handpicked grapes, fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by an ageing process of 12 months in French oak barrels.
Consume up to: 2024

  • “intensely deep colored, almost purple. The nose still quite closed though showing some black fruits and hints of toasted oak. Firmly structured this wine combines the characteristic tannins of Cariñena with the fruit and juiciness of Garnacha, all well-supported by high quality oak. Black pepper, blackberry and black plum, dark chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla show up. Characteristically the wine ends on a salty note, thus showing the typicity of Priorat and especially its llicorella soil.” – Waalre, April 29th 2019


Ònix Clàssic Blanc

“A white in a land of red.”

Category: DOQ Priorat
Vintage: 2018
Production: 7.000 bottles.
Varieties: White Grenache and Macabeo.
Origin: Vines of White Grenache and Macabeo from 50 years old terraces. All of them collected in parcels from Gratallops, El Lloar, La Vilella Baixa and La Vilella Alta.
Elaboration: Handpicked grapes, pressing followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks and bottled afterwards.
Consume up to: 2020

  • “The nose shows freshness and ripe yellow fruit like peach and nectarine; the palate displays the same fresh style with an uplifting acidity with again stone-fruit on the forefront supported by notes of green apple and lime juice, with a light minerality in the finish.” – Waalre, April 29th 2019


Pedra de Molí

“Extra Virgin Olive Oil”

Variety: Arbequina
Elaboration:Extra Virgin Olive Oil of superior category obtained directly from arbequina olives and only by mechanical procedures.
Producer: Vinícola del Priorat (Molí Nou de la Vilella Alta)
Packaging: 250 ml.

  • Fruity oil Medium-high fruity oil with good balance between spicy, sweet and bitter, with low astringency. Secondary aromas of ripe type (banana, strawberry and apple) and green type (grass, green walnut and almond) with touches of tomato and banana peel. Almond end of mouth and overall feeling of aromatic and complex oil. Good level of antioxidants that ensure a long life oil.

What is the meaning of Ikigai?

The Japanese word Ikigai is composed of two words: iki, which refers to “life”, and kai which means “the realization of what one expects and desires”. According to Japan’s millenary culture, we all have an ikigai, a reason to exist or to be, to live life. That is, finding the meaning of our existence, our mission, something that gives us the strength to get out of bed each morning. Our Ikigai is to fight every day to improve the lives of so many patients that are affected by Lymphedema.

Where will the raised funds be allocated?

By purchasing this wine, part of the benefits will go to the Research Institute of the Sant Pau Hospital (IR-HSCSP)-Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) for the Lymphedema Research program led by Dr. Jaume Masià. All the contributions will aim to finance research projects developed in our center and also through a competitive selection process for projects from other scientific recognition centers in the world. We greatly appreciate your generosity and sensitivity for this type of pathology.