Monday, May 26, 2014

Terra Personas is............ part 6

The Company Principals

Our philosophy is to bring quality wines with native varietals and typicity of terroir closer to the consumer.

We are a small wine producer and find service and liability important.

A solid team of people are ready to serve you whatever your needs are.

We have understandable, character and a value guaranteed quality from the DO Montsant.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Terra Personas is............. part 5

5   The range of Wines & Olive oil

Our philosophy is to bring quality wines and olive oil with native varietals and typicity of terroir closer to the consumer.

Feel and taste the differences.

Catalonia and specially the Priorat region have a long tradition for the varieties we vinify.
For the olive oil we use only the native variety called ‘arbequina’, with high aromatic qualities.
Our red wines are based on the native varieties Grenache and Carignan that have been growing for many years on lime-clay soils and have developed deep roots to nourish the vines.
The white wine gets its authentic character by the Grenache grape that responds very well in mountain viticulture. Especially the high acidity gives a fresh character to the wine.

Explanation brand and wine naming:
‘Terra Personas’ refers to the Persoon’s family estate and could be translated as the “land of the Persoons”.
In this region the soil has many different colours, from white, which may consist out of chalk (coming from the shelves of the Mediterranean sea many centuries ago) to dark red (heavy clay). The names of the wines are a reference to the different soil composition in our different vineyards.

The aged wine Terra Negra, translated from Catalan into ‘Black earth’.
We have one white wine, the Terra Blanca, translated from Catalan into ‘White earth’.
One young red wine called Terra Vermella, translated from Catalan into ‘Red earth’.

According the quality of the year of harvest we produce a limited edition of rosé wine through bleeding of the Grenache grapes.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Terra Personas is........... part 4

4  Oenology

Terra personas produces wines with mediterrean body and soul.

Producing grapes takes a lot of effort. But is only the beginning of a good wine! During harvest the grapes are delivered freshly picked by hand to the bodega to process immediately without any delay to obtain the maximum phenolic qualities. The moment of harvest is decided by analysis and above all by taste. We look for an optimum mature point and harvest each variety separately. All our grapes are processed in the bodega, to specific standards for our Terra Personas wines. The different batches are all done by hand, and carefully looked after.  

Every grape variety is fermented separately and different qualities go to different batches.
White varieties: Grenache and Macabeu are harvested early in the morning to guarantee the freshness of the fruit. After a short ‘natural fermentation’ cultivated yeasts are added to finish the fermentation under temperature control. The Macabeu grapes are kept in maceration with the lees in inox tanks and the White Grenache is barrel fermented. The white Grenache stays with the lees on new French oak from 3 to 5 months for further maceration to obtain a better texture and mouth feeling. Both grapes are blend in different percentages according their quality.

Red varieties: Grenache, Carignan and Syrah are harvested separately and according their optimal maturation point. After quality control when the grapes arrive at the bodega the grapes are destined to different tanks to produce our two red wines Terra Vermella and Terra Negra.

For the production of Terra Vermella each variety is fermented on inox deposits and kept during 8 months after blending. This wine is filtered and stabilized before bottling.

For the production of Terra Negra the grapes are fermented under low temperature control before ageing in  French oak barrels of different sizes (300 l, 500 l) to obtain a perfect integration of the barrel extraction. The barrel ageing is according to the quality of the grapes of different harvests from 8 up till 12 months. To guarantee the uppermost quality and maximum aromatically expression this wine is light filtered and may have some crystallization residuals.

Thursday, May 8, 2014


Everything is bursting right now. Temperature is ideal, moisture in the ground. What else do we need.
The nature do the rest, flowering, and give the new harvest of 2014!

one new olive from this flower?

The first olive bloom, more to come, but from every 15  flowers only 1 flower give a olive.  And that is ok, 
2 or 3 will be ideal, but we do not have external water so the olive tree have to manage himself.

And even the first bunch of new grapes. garnatxa this time. You can see the white blades within the bunches.
That are the flowers, very small, but on focus good to see. Yeh,.. harvest  mid september 2014?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

the green trim ( Poda Verd a Catalan)

In this weeks we have to trim the abundant growth of the vines.First the syrah, he or she  grows like a wild vine a lot of work to control this vine. There after to more easier Garnatxa, but a strong grower.
The vines have started early this year due to the high temperatures. 10 to 14 days the are ahead on schedule.

Big shoots to remove, due to a lot of water available in the soil of the rain since november 2013. We are lucky to have this amount available for a healthy year.

Al hand maintenance, done by me...4 hectares to go, but this weekend we have a party in Falset,
 FIRA DELVI. ( the festival of wines from the region of the Priorat, DO Montsant and DOQ Priorat.)