Based in the traditional village of La Vilella Alta, BODEGAS MAS ALTA is the culmination of two Belgian family’s ‘ common desire: to produce a great wine! This dream is now taking shape thanks to the advice of Michel Tardieu and Philippe Cambie, and as the result of the work done by a passionate team every day.
Choice of vineyard is crucial for the production of highly expressive wines that combine character and elegance.
We have planted some 35 ha of vines since 1999 on land classified as being part of the DOQ PRIORAT. Most of our vineyard is planted at altitude, on slate. Depending on the plot’s characteristics, we either plant varieties traditional to this region: Carinyena and Garnatxa (Carignan and Grenache in Catalan). These young vines, whose potential quality is already very promising, represent the future of BODEGAS MAS ALTA.
We also purchase grapes from local winegrowers, to make our wines. In fact the essence of our vintages – old vines – comes from these winegrowers. Vines aged 50 till 100 years naturally produce fewer grapes, the first step towards quality wine… Their deep, well-established roots thus enable them to achieve full maturity, consistency, less dependence on climatic conditions. It is without question the ultimate, pure expression of the terroir. Quality is always uppermost in our minds at every stage of the grape’s processing. In fact, the equipment at Bodegas Mas Alta is designed to preserve the grape’s intrinsic qualities as much as possible. Vinification is gentle, with no extremes, the aim being to reveal the typical PRIORAT characteristics.