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ALBERA vue du ciel
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...FROM ROOTS IN ALBERA
TO HIGH-ALTITUDE VINES WITH PASSION
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A family history ...

In the 19th century, our family, originally from Espolla in southern Catalonia, settled in Argelès-sur-Mer to cultivate vines and olive trees at the foot of the Albera Massif, a mountain range towards the eastern end of the Pyrenees which plunges into the Mediterranean.

 

There, in the heart of the Albera mountains, during our frequent excursions with our father to observe the native fauna and flora or restore the Massane Tower, an ancient guardian of the mountains perched at an altitude of some 800 metres, our love for our homeland of Roussillon flourished.

 

In 2001, after gaining professional experience in Barcelona and Paris, we chose to return to Roussillon to take up the torch of our family's wine-growing business, aided by a long-time friend, Laurent de Besombes-Singla. Together, we developed our passion for the many varieties of grape native to Roussillon that draw their roots in the very best terroirs.

In 2008, concerned about climate change and guided by the desire to produce fresher wines, we embarked upon a quest for high-altitude terroirs...

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The discovery of a Terroir forgotten in the mountains ...

Our quest led us to an old, preserved vineyard with an exceptional ampelographic collection (more than twenty-five varieties of grape!), totally out of sight from the main roads, near the village of Tarerach: the Ropidaria plateau, rising more than 500 metres high opposite Mount Canigou, overlooking the Roussillon plains and the Mediterranean Sea.

 

At the heart of this vineyard, which enjoys remarkable climate conditions with elevated sunshine, more regular rainfall, and high temperature ranges, we discovered the benefits of slower-ripening grapes, sheltered from disease and oxidation and protected from water stress.

 

These vines, cultivated by the best winegrowers according to the principles of ecologically responsible agriculture, yield wines of unmatched freshness – supple or even fluid from earliest youth – with naturally moderated degrees and a gentle minerality drawn from the salty nature of the granite and quartz soils.

 

These ancient grapes bring out authentic-tasting typicities! And so was born MAISON ALBERA…

ACTUALITÉS DE MAISON ALBERA
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Le Guide HACHETTE 2023 etoile nos cuvées d'altitude...

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Face aux Albères, une vigne historique de GRENACHE BLANC

Une surprenante ombrière PHOTOVOLTAÏQUE

Un vin blanc généreux et UNIQUE !

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Le Guide HACHETTE 2022 distingue notre "Pelut" et notre "Rosé des Cimes"

Une belle récompense pour cette cuvée atypique et authentique...

Médaille d'Or au Concours International des Grenaches du Monde pour notre "Pelut"

Une belle récompense pour cette cuvée atypique et authentique...

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WE TALK ABOUT US

Dans la presse

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La Revue du Vin de France

« Un petit Eldorado qui a pour ambition de sauvegarder les vignes de ce secteur resté sauvage. »

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Terres de Vins

« Des terroirs d'arènes granitiques donnant toujours des jus droits et francs ».

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Les Cinq du Vin

« Alexandre et Fabrice ont signé des vins tout en fraîcheur, très digestes et qui tranchent dans notre région de vins en général plus puissants. ».

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