Herència Altés. The Team

Nùria Altés & Rafael De Haan

Proprietors

Having completed he studies in "Agrarian Exploitation" Núria's first job was as production and "quality control" assistant in Celler Batea, the largest winery in Terra Alta. Nuria´s unwavering enthusiasm for the wines and the region of Terra Alta soon saw her promoted to head of sales and she wasted no time establishing her products in numerous international markets. Núria co-founded Herència Altés in 2010 with her partner, Rafael De Haan. Ever passionate about her home country, Catalonia, you will often find Núria participating in cultural and political events up and down the land.

British born, Rafael studied history and Latin American Studies before joining the UK wine trade in 2000. Moving to Spain shortly afterwards he continued working with wines and founded the export company, Exportiberia in 2005. Having met Núria around the same time they launched their first brand from Terra Alta in 2005 and Herència Altés in 2010. A big sports fan, particularly running and cycling as well as watching rugby, when not working Rafael is often pounding the roads training for his next long distance race.

Enric Sunyer

Vineyard Manager

Born into a family of grape growers, Enric studied psychology at the University Virgilio. His training has led to a varied career, with experience in the care sector (projects managed by the Red Cross), adult education, and computer technology. Alongside his professional career, the vineyard has been ever present: Enric worked for Miguel Torres for ten campaigns controlling grape quality at harvest time. At Herencia Altes Enric's main activities include managing all our vineyards and overseeing the conversion from conventional to organic viticulture. Other hobbies and activities include listening to music and playing (guitar, piano ...), hikes in the mountains, science and technology.

Jaume Clua

Winemaker

Jaume was born in Corbera d'Ebre into a family of grape growers. He studied enology and viticulture studies between 1984-1989 at the Escola d'Oenology in Falset with Josep Lluis Perez and Joan Asens as course teachers and then from 1990-1995 completed a further graduate course in oenology studies at the Faculty of Enology of the URV in Tarragona. On completion of his studies in 1996 he worked one year at Bodega Fernando Alcober of Valdetormo (Teruel), and then joined Agricola St Josep de Bot (Terra Alta) as chief winemaker until May 2013. Jaume joined the Herencia Altés team as full time winemaker in May 2013.

Claude Gros

Consulting Winemaker

Claude is a native of Languedoc-Roussillon and consults at several premium estates throughout France. Starting with the new 2014 vintage, Claude Gros will lend his expertise to the entire wine production at Herencia Altés. For Claude this represents a new project in the emerging region, Terra Alta, and a chance to work with old vine white garnacha as well the more widespread red variety: "I visited the La Serra vineyards with Rafael and saw the great potential of this "terroir" and these old vines, Heréncia Altés is a producer that values quality above all other things and I want to help them achieve this goal."