Terra Alta is situated in the region of Tarragona. It was originally known for its white wines, particularly an oxidized type called “amber blanc,” but the inevitable arrival of phylloxera forced wine growers to replant. While traditional rancios, white wines and rosés are still produced, Terra Alta’s red wines are becoming more important each year.
You’ll find Terra Alta’s vineyards on plateaus and valley floors, typically surrounded by rolling hills and impressively jagged mountain peaks. Terra Alta lies inland and southwest of the city of Tarragona, and its climate is therefore best described as a combination of continental and Mediterranean. Winters are cold, with temperatures as low as 23 degrees Fahrenheit, while summers are quite hot, peaking at 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
The soils of Terra Alta tend to be mainly limestone and clay. They are poor in nutrients but have good drainage creating the perfect environment for the vines to show their unique character.