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Serra i Barcelo, D.O. Terra Alta

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 Terra Alta and Montsant.

From D.O. Terra Alta, Josep grows Garnatxa Blanca from several plots around the village of Gandesa, in the locale known as Aucalà. The landscape here is dominated by Mediterranean pine. 2013 is the first Aucalà release. Prior to commencing with his own wine, Josep for 10 years was the winemaker-consultant to Editaria, perhaps the region's best wine until the advent of Aucalà, which considerably exceeds it.

"If the world needed something like Rhone whites, but not those, then this would be it!"

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Terra Alta