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Mas Igneus

The winery is located in the municipality of Gratallops in the Spanish DOCa area of Priorato (Catalonia). Its origins lie in a joint venture initiated in 1996 between Josep Maria Albet i Noya (a star winemaker from the Penedès area), Josep Maria Pujol-Busquets (Professor of Oenology at the University of Barcelona) and the Poboleda Cooperative. The collaboration with the cooperative ended in 2004, and a group of winegrowers joined in instead. A newly built cellar was put into operation in Gratallops in 2005. The company's own vineyards cover 11 hectares of vines in the three fincas (estates) Finca la Salanca (Torroja), Costers de l'Ermita (Gratallops) and Comellars (Poboleda). The red wine varieties Garnatxa Negra, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, as well as the white wine varieties Garnatxa Blanca and Muscat are cultivated. Furthermore, grapes of the Pedro Ximenes and Macabeu varieties are delivered by a small group of winegrowers from Poboleda

All vineyards are managed according to organic guidelines, Mas Igneus is the first winery in Priorato to be certified by the Spanish CCPAE association. The product range includes the wines "Barranc dels Closos Blanc" (50% Macabeu, 30% Garnatxa Blanca, 15% Pedro Ximenes, 5% Muscat), "Barranc dels Closos Negra" (80% Garnatxa Negra, 20% Cariñena), Costers de Mas Igneus (80% Garnatxa Negra, 20% Cariñena), Mas Igneus FA104 (100% Garnatxa Blanca), Mas Igneus FA112 (65% Garnatxa Negra, 25% Cariñena, 10% Syrah) and Mas Igneus MA206 (70% Garnatxa Negra, 20% Cariñena, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Syrah). The code, made up of letters and numbers, contains information about the ageing process. FA means "French Allier", which means French barriques from Allier. The number 112 indicates the age at the first digit, 1 means first use. The last two digits indicate the number of months of ageing, in this case 12.

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