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Mas Martinet

The winery is located in the municipality of Gratallops in the Spanish DOCa area of Priorato (Catalonia). It was founded in 1989 by the biology professor José Luis Pérez i Verdú. As a young man, he worked in Switzerland as a hairdresser and taxi driver to finance his studies. Today he is a full-time professor of oenology at the University of Tarragona. Pérez is considered the real founder of the great success in the field. He was the mentor and advisor for the other young winemakers who made a sensation from the end of the 1980s. There were remarkable joint ventures with the two producers Cims de Porrera and Vall-Llach. In the Spanish gourmet magazine "Sibaritas" Pérez was voted "hombre del año" (man of the year) for his life's work in 2005. Today the Mas Martinet estate is managed by his daughter Sara Pérez

The vineyards comprise 15 hectares of vineyards, which are organically cultivated according to the professor's findings. The autochthonous varieties Carineña and Garnatxa, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are cultivated. According to scientific methods, the optimal time for harvesting is determined, whereby the manual harvesting is carried out in several passes. There is relatively little information about the vinification and ageing of the wines in the cellar. The wines are stored for two years in French barriques, are fined with egg white, but not filtered. The flagship of the house is the Priorato red wine "Clos Martinet", a cuvée of all the above mentioned varieties. The second wine is called "Martinet Bru". In small quantities, pure red wines are produced experimentally using the technique of micro-oxigenation.

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