Top 10 winemakers to watch in Spain

APPRENTICE: ALBERT COSTA

Albert-CostaNominated by Alvaro Palacios for his passion, prudence and dedication to bottling the essence of Priorat, 30-year-old Albert Costa lives and breathes Vall Llach as he dwells on the estate in Porrera, founded in 1992 by his father, Enric Costa, and Catalan singer Lluis Llach.

One of Costa’s big aims since taking over as head winemaker and general manager after the his father’s death last year has been to revive traditional viticultural practices at the estate, which is due to start using horses next year.

Working with low-yielding old Cariñena and Garnacha vines planted on steep slate slopes, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Viognier, Costa performs no less than 90 micro- vinifications every year and ages all of his wines in French oak.

His wines are distinguished by their fresh, refined character and sense of place. “I’m trying to make wines that you can tell are from Priorat, or, even better, from Porrera, or better still, Mas de la Rosa, our single vineyard,” he says, adding, “My vines are like my children, so I treat them with care and try to intervene as little as possible in the winery. If I have good grapes then I know I’ll make good wine.”

One Response to “Top 10 winemakers to watch in Spain”

  1. nate houston says:

    How is Raul Perez not a part of this list???? Or Alberto Orte???

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