Joan d’Anguera


The Anguera family have been farming in Montsant for seven generations. It’s not unusual for winemakers to take a different direction to their parents, but bar pulling up all their old vines, Joan and Josep have totally rethought their project and realigned their vision over the last 10 years. They started in the vineyards: working biodynamically and achieving Demeter certification in 2011; they top-grafted traditional varietals Grenache and Carignan on to existing Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon vines; and are removing trellising in favour of lower yielding gobelet vines. With fruit quality improving they were able to move to low intervention in the winery, using whole cluster ferments, old oak, and dramatically reducing sulphur use. The results are mind-blowing – balanced and elegant biodynamic wines.

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