PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
DO Terra Alta, the soul of garnatxa blanca
The DO “Terra Alta” was recognised provisionally in 1972. Together with Alella, Conca de Barberà, Empordà, Penedès, Priorat i Tarragona, and is one of the seven historic denominations of origin of Catalonia. The most important qualities of the customs that the men and women try to express throughout the Terra Alta are the tradition of production since time immemorial, towns with their own life and vinicultural identity, passion, humility and hard work, together with family owned vineyards and wineries, (often associated co-operatives).
In spite of the importance and quality of the red wines, the most obvious evidence of this culture lies in the white wine. During the first half of the 19th century the writer Joan Perucho, and even Pablo Picasso, knew that the wines of the Terra Alta were distinguished by verges or brisats (both are white wines but brisats have a yellow/straw like colour and are obtained by skin contact fermentation). In the words of Jaume Ciurana, these wines became “proverbial”.
More recently, in the mid 1990s the professionalisation of the wine sector and the gradual incorporation of excellence defines the DOTA with a never-ending evolution and refinement. A point of reference for whoever wants to enjoy the culture of wine without forsaking its flavour and spirit.