Monday, September 29, 2014

Garnatxa, garnache ...........

Last week we have harvested the Garnatxa grape. The next in the row of our grapes of 
Terra Personas. Nice loose berries, a lot of concentration.


me picking the grapes, and others of course.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Let it rain!

Please let it rain in Spain we needed! 
Due to the high pressure area the northern parts of Europe the have (had) a warm period. 
Than "we"on the southern parts of Europe have all the fun!

This year in the summer it has rained now and then, but not were we live. Everytime I see the lightning en rain falling out of the dark clouds, but no drup of water on our soils.

The olive trees needed desperate water, to gain weight on the olives, to be harvesting in november.
Please let it rain.... The chart looks good!  Thanks to the low pressures.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Terra Personas also available in Badelona

Terra Personas is available in Badelona, just a few  minutes above Barcelona at the mediterrane frontline. Jordi ( Selito Distribuciones) takes care for the presentation and selling of our wines in Spain!

The high end wine shop of Cristina Guillèn can be found on:


Terra Personas hem creat l'ambient perfecte per a les varietats de raïm autòctones i
noves, per tradicional, així com l'elaboració del vi modern. Els nostres vins fàcils de beure
expressius, plens de veritable caràcter 'Espanyol' atreuen als paladars de tot el món.
La nostra filosofia és proporcionar comprensibles vins de caràcter distintiu que proporcionen
constantment l'equilibri perfecte entre el gust i la integritat. Vins Terra tipifiquen
les Persones de tot el que és singularment Montsant: generós i ple d'aromes amb
integritat varietal i l'expressió del clima i el sòl. L'art de l'elaboració del vi està a punt
reunint persones que gaudeixen de la terra que compartim, vins fets per gent, per la

Monday, September 15, 2014

Harvest 2014

The harvest is already started in this region. The white varieties are harvested in the end of august.
Like macabeo e Garnacha Blanca. Follow by Merlot and Tempranillo.
Early-mid september the syrah and thereafter Garnacha.  The last grapes will be  harvested are Carinena and Cabernet Sauvignon in the second week of october.
Garnatxa for the  Terra Vermella 2014
The grapes at Terra personas a suffering due to the lack of water. To be seen on the dead leaves.
But it gives extra power and taste to the grapes also!!

The summer was cool, and have been slowing the ripening process, the last time the temperature has increased again. The aromatic intensity, structure and concentration, which are themselves defined the Montsant wines will play a greater extent in the wines of this vintage. The nature controlled himself.

The harvest in 2014  will be great, but also different. All the berries are not all the same, a bit indifference. This is occurring also in France and the northern parts of Spain.

The DO Montsant will be harvesting around 8 million kg of grapes, and comparing with the total of Spain it is a very small portion. The  DOQ Priorat will harvest around the 5 million kg of grapes.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The D.O. Montsant

Founded in 2002, the wine appellation of Montsant ( known as the D.O. Montsant in Spain) has come a long way in 12 years. What started as small subzone of Falset under D.O. Tarragona with only 28 wineries has now grown into a healthy and dynamic independent wine region with 56 wineries to date. In total, the region occupies 2,000 hectares of vineyards, most of which are in the southern half of the region, and produces around 10 million kilos in grapes per year.
In this mountainous and stunningly beautiful region, the air is slightly floral and woody, with the occasional fragrance of mineral or clay kicked up by a passing car or warm breeze. Swallows swoop over almond and hazelnut trees, while small lizards peek out from dry underbrush, quickly scurrying across the dusty soil and out of harms way. Hundreds of fat and furry bumble bees with a pale white backends work diligently to collect pollen from dark purple lavender flowers swaying gracefully in the morning breeze. 
The rural pace of life in Montsant is slow and familiar, but for wine, the pace couldn't be more opposing.
To understand DO Montsant one needs to be intimately familiar with its geography, as confusion comes easy here.  To be clear, both D.O. Montsant and D.O.Q. Priorat are located within the political region of Priorat (demarcated by the dotted line on the map). Additionally true, D.O. Montsant forms a perfect ¨C¨ around D.O.Q. Priorat (area in white), thereby making the two inseparable in conversation if we are understand the region in its totality. Serra de Montsant, a major mountain chain running from the NE through the NW of both wine appellations is also a source of confusion, as it is a major player in craft wines of both regions.
A very unique and differentiating characteristic of Montsant is its smorgasbord of soil types, altitudes and climates. Unlike DOQ Priorat, with its famous slate soils, DO Montsant primarily consists of lime clay soils throughout the region, with a spattering of sandy granite in the south and lime and granite in the north, along with odd batches of slate in between.

On average, vineyard altitudes sit around 350-400 meters, but one can also find vines as low as 150 meters and as high as 800 meters near the Serra de Montalt in the southeast and Serra de Montsant in the northwest. Finally, summers here are generally quite dry, while winters tend to see the occasional frost and snow cover. Hence, we can say that most of the region experiences a mild Mediterranean climate with continental influences; however each vineyard throughout this wine region can boast of a very unique micro climate as a result of its location and altitude.
Most of the wines produced here are red, made from the autonomous grape varieties: Grenache (Garnatxa in Catalan) and Carignan (Carinena). However you can also find a fair amount of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. 
As for whites, the majority of wines, if not all the wines, are made with White Grenache (called Garnatxa Blanca in Catalan) and Macabeo (Macabeu), two very aromatic and expressive varieties.