Terra Alta

terra-altaTerra Alta is located in the west of the province of Tarragona and covers 12 inland villages. As the terra alta means “high land” in Catalan, it indicates the area is in the mountains. It is of great natural beauty and features in many of Picasso’s paintings.

Traditionally, due to its geographical isolation, this area traditionally only made wine for local consumption and has only recently started to produce more classic, modern Mediterranean-style wines. Several cooperative wineries were designed and built in the 1920s by Cèsar Martinell, a student of Antoni Gaudí, and are notable for their modernist architectural style.

The climate is mixture of Mediterranean and continental with summers that are long, hot and dry and winters that are very cold. There is a high amount of a local soil type called, panal.

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