D.O.Q. Priorat (Catalonia)
Artigas is a red wine made by Bodegas Mas Alta in the Priorat. It is a blend of Grenache Noir together with Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The grapes come from vineyards and winemakers in the village of Viella Alta.
The age of the vines ranges, from between 10 years at the youngest, to 90 for the oldest. They grow on soils of slate, clay and limestone, approximately between 250 and 450 metres above sea level.
Its low-yielding vineyards result in growing high quality grapes.
The harvest is manual and Artigas grapes undergo a double selection process before barrelling by gravity.
The subsequent fermentation takes place at controlled temperatures.
Artigas finally spends 16-month aging in French oak barrels from Allier, 35% of which are new barrels, 30% are one year old and 35% two years old.
Bodegas Mas Alta was established in 1998 when Michel Vanhoutte, with his passion for wine and some Belgian partners, began creating plantations of vineyards in the Priorat.