Garnatxa, Alta Alella, Alella, Spain 2017/18
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Family owned – premier estate in the Alta Alella region – clean wines with a mineral edge
Alta Alella is the closet winery to the city of Barcelona, located 2 kilometres from the Mediterranean between the towns of Alella and Tiana. It is a family-run project that began more than twenty years ago with Josep Maria Pujol-Busquets and his wife Cristina Guillen, when they acquired the nineteenth-century estate Can Genis.
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, between 100 and 250m above sea level. One of the key elements is the Sauló soil found throughout the vineyard. Particular to this region, Sauló is 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.