La Morera de Montsant
During the first years of the new millennium, the Priorat project was conceived. Joan was very passionate about the area, as he knew it really well and the prestige of its soils and the exceptionality of its wines. Many visits, advice and good traveling companions led to the discovery of a semi-forested plot, in the municipality of Porrera, where he was able to recover eight thousand abandoned vines.
Porrera was the starting point of the project that was consolidated in the Mas Mustardó vieyard, in the Morera de Montsant. A unique environment, embraced by the majestic Sierra del Montsant, where new plantations were made over the following years and where the winery would soon be built to make its own wines. A new dream comes true.
During all this time, several vineyards in the Priorat have been recovered and we have accompanied this with the utmost respect with the birth of new fruits, while in the winery the process of winemaking has been undertaken to the very last detail. “We are driven by the enthusiasm of bottling territory to make El Priorat accessible to all, and we do so under the labels Clos Corriol, Clos Mustardó and Els Igols, vindicating the garnacha, one of the local and most prestigious world-renowned varieties of this territory”.
THE SOILS OF PRIORAT
The bedrock and soils can determine the characteristics of the variety of the vines and what sprouts from them. In the vineyards of Porrera, loamy slate predominates, laminated rock of brown or blue colour, composed of silts, and the Devonian slate, very brittle in dark colour and with a great presence of ferruginous oxidation. On the other hand, the soils in La Morera de Montsant are predominantly clayey and limey, with rocks that are fine-grained and of a reddish colour.
LES SOLANES VINEYARD
100% RED GARNACHA
1. L’ALZINA VINEYARD
2. BOLIVIANS VINEYARD
The first landscapes of the Priorat that captivated Joan Ametller surrounded the area of Les Solanes in the municipality of Porrera. His visionary spirit permitted him to imagine and soon make reality, the lines of several terraces, in extraordinary vineyards like the Bolivians, with a steep slope that exceeds, on average, 49% of inclination. In this special place, and on slate soils, some garnacha vines were planted that each year give exceptionally unique wines.
“We call it the Bolivian vineyard in honour of those who worked their fingers to the bone to make this achievement possible”
1. RED GARNATXA
2. WHITE GARNATXA
4. CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Years later, new vines were planted in the Morera de Montsant, also recovering an area where vineyards had traditionally been cultivated and which, after decades of neglect, had been transformed to woodland. The Mas Mustardó vineyard houses the winery’s premises since 2004.
At home we were taught to listen to the vineyard and offer the support it needs in the most respectful way possible; and this is how we follow closely its entire life cycle: winter pruning, harvesting, and many other treatments are done manually. In addition, we control production and yields in order to always obtain the highest quality grapes.
In Las Solanes vineyard, we have old vines between 60 and 75 years old and here we have the local red Garnacha variety. They give us low yields that hardly reach 1/2 kg per vine and these we use for the production of Els Igols, the pure essence of the Priorat.
At Mas Mustardó, the vines can be found at altitudes between 650 and 720 meters above sea level, and its proximity to the Sierra del Montsant gives the grapes the character of their clay-limestone soils. In the plots surrounding the winery we work mostly with black and white Garnacha, in addition to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Our goal is to make an honest wine without frills. A wine that preserves the essence of the climate, the soil and its varieties, which allows you to enjoy the Priorat without complexes. And to achieve that excellence in wine, we are sure that it is necessary to take care of the entire production process, from the vine to the bottle. Under this concept, we make sincere wines that do not deceive, accessible to anyone who wants to approach them. The Joan Ametller winery works at putting the Priorat at your reach.
At Celler Ametller we work to make the Priorat within your reach.
Jaume Mas is the winemaker of the Joan Ametller winery in the Priorat
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