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Mas Martinet

The story of Mas Martinet began in 1981, it was a project born from the shared passion and dream of Josep Lluís Pérez and his wife Montse Ovejero. They are located in Priorat, in the west of the province of Tarragona in Catalonia. Unusually, Pérez and Ovejero did not have a background in wine or even a wine-making family tradition. They are both biologists and in 1979 Pérez was offered the job of headmaster at a school in Priorat. He accepted the post and moved the family from Barcelona to the Montsant Mountains. Two years later the school added viticulture and oenology to its curriculum, which excited Pérez so much that he requested that his responsibilities be focused on that department and soon the school became the regional centre for viticulture, wine education and analysis. It was a natural progression then that the Pérez Ovejero family would become involved in wine themselves. They paid meticulous attention to the micro-climates, aspects and soils and analyzing which grape varieties would best suite particular sites. They helped to pioneer Priorat as a wine making region, producing their first wines in 1986. The Mas Martinet philosophy is one of agroecolgy, farming and working sustainably and humanely with minimum innervation, following organic and biodynamic principles. Pérez and Overjero's daughter Sara, who is an oenologist, have been at the helm since 1996. The Mas Martinet vineyards are located between Gratallops and Falset planted at up to 600 meters above sea level, mostly on that unique soil of Priorat, licorella (slate). They champion native grape varieties, cultivating Garnaxa Negra (Black Grenache), Carineña (Carignan), Garnaxa Peluda (Hairy Grenache), Pedro Ximenez and Garnaxa Blanco (White Grenache). They also grow the international Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. In the winery stainless steel, French Allier oak barrels, foudres, chestnut barrels, glazed ceramic jars and demijohns are used in a combination of fermenting and aging methods to handcraft their assiduously made wines. Mas Martinet are one of Spain's most notable producers. Their terroir-driven wines are something rather special, expressing the typicity of each vineyard site and the magic which is Priorat.