Manuel Raventós, once he had consolidated cava* in the market, bought 3,200 hectares (7,907 acres) of barren lands in Lleida Province. This gave birth to Raimat, the Raventós family's second great project. Back then, the Raimat estate was a stony wasteland on which a ramshackle castle stood. It must have been hard back then to imagine the land would ever yield anything.
The building of the Aragon and Catalonia Irrigation Canal in 1910 boosted the irrigated area by 43,400 hectares (some 107,243 acres) and made the Segrià region fertile once again. Manuel Raventós decided to open up over 100 kilometres (62 miles) of channels to water Raimat's parched lands.