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Serra i Barcelo, D.O. Montsant

Winemaker of the Serra-Barcelo family property in Montsant is Josep Serra. He is a fourth generation winemaker, his family having been based in Ribera del Ebre between Montsant and Terra Alta. As well as Garnatxa Tinto in DO Montsant, Josep makes Garnatxa Blanca in neighbouring DO Terra Alta.

Josep started out as winemaker at the Falset co-op in Monstant from 1994-2002. He was then winemaker at Mas Perinet from 2002-2009, making both Priorat and Montsant wines from a bodega in each DO. Mas Perinet was one of the Pop Singer start-ups in the 1990s fools' gold rush to harvest Priorat Parker Points, and has since been sold to a big US combine – but that's not Josep's fault! Since Mas Perinet, he became responsible for viticulture and winemaking at Godelia in el Bierzo, while readying the two small family projects in Montsant and Terra Alta.

Josep's Montsant bodega is in the village of els Guiamets, just West of Capçanes village, in which municipality Josep has 2.2 hectares across two plots. These were planted in 1940 to 50% Garnatxa Fina, 35% Garnatxa Peluda, 15% Samsó (which they call Mazuelo). With all organic viticulture, 'Els Ponts' faces north-west while the 'Mas d'en Fornos' plot faces south-east. Altitude is around 400 metres. Both plots have bush vines planted on steep, stony terraced slopes, at a density of 5000 vines/hectare. The climate is heavily influenced by the nearby Mediterranean and rainfall is around 400mm.

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