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Alta Alella and Celler de les Aus (Alella, Spain)
Alta Alella is the closet winery to the city of Barcelona. It is a family-run project that began more than twenty years ago with Josep Maria Pujol-Busquets and his wife Cristina Guillen. Alella is one of the smallest appellations in Spain yet it possesses a fascinating terroirs that the Alta Alella team have harnessed in their journey to being recognised as the premier estate in the region. All the vines are planted on slopes and terraces overlooking the Mediterranean, and benefit from an acidic and sandy soil with a low limestone content, low organic matter and good natural water drainage – ideal for the production of clean wines with a mineral edge.
Located on the same site as Alta Alella is Celler de les Aus, headed by Mireia Pujol-Busquets – the daughter of Josep Maria. Mireia has already established a reputation as one of the most exciting young winemakers in Europe and, as well as assuming many of the roles from her father in the Alta Alella operation, she has established her own micro-project, producing natural wines without the addition of any sulphites. Pick of the whites is arguably her ‘Tallarol’, 100% Pansa Blanca (Xarelo-lo), fermented in a combination of amphorae made from the local Sauló soil and concrete eggs. The resulting wine burst with white fruit aromas, backed up with hints of citrus and fennel.