About us

Núria Altés was born in Batea (Terra Alta) into a family of winegrowers that generation after generation has taken care of the family heritage and passed on to her the love for her land.

Rafael De Haan, of English father and Spanish mother, was born in Kent (England). His passion for authentic wines led him to discover Terra Alta, where he found much more: a family and a life project.

It was precisely the experiences of a childhood among vineyards and the passion for a land and for the world of wine, which led Núria and Rafa to start in 2010, with the cultivation of the family estates, the project that today we know as Herencia Altés.

Altés Estate

Organic wines born from the love for a land and the commitment to take care of it.

Herència Altés is a family winery in Terra Alta dedicated to the cultivation of vineyards and the production of fresh and elegant wines.

We are committed to organic agriculture and to a way of working that is sustainable and respectful of the environment, which promotes a rich biodiversity that, in turn, helps us to strengthen our soils and our environment. Caring for our natural and historical heritage, preserving old vineyards and dry stone margins, allows us to continue growing and making wines so that future generations can continue to enjoy the land and its fruits.

We work with the native varieties, emphasizing the Garnacha grapes and highlighting the Garnacha Blanca, the flag and insignia of our land. We elaborate our wines in the most natural and respectful way possible and always looking for the maximum honesty and varietal elegance.

When you taste our wines, they transport you to a place, Terra Alta; a character, our terroir; and a way of making, Altés Inheritance.

Vineyards

We have 50 hectares of vineyards, all worked organically, located in the Terra Alta region between the municipalities of Batea and Gandesa, about 420-500 m above sea level, of which about 20 hectares are old vines, planted between the early and mid-twentieth century.

We are committed to the preservation of the old vineyards and the natural orography, respecting the dry stone margins, which are reserves of biodiversity and insignia of our culture and landscape. At the same time, these margins allow us to take advantage of the natural slopes of the territory and differentiate the particular terroirs that characterize each of the small plots.

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La Serra

Hectares

21.6 ha

Altitude

425-450 metres above sea level

Orientation

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Varieties

Grenache, Garnacha Blanca, Garnacha Peluda and Carignan.

Planted

Early 20th century - 2018

Soil type

Different soils, with calcareous predominance

Wines

La Serra Blanc, La Serra Negre, Celastrina, Garnatxa Blanca and Garnatxa Negra.

Located between Batea and Gandesa, La Serra is one of the most emblematic estates of Herència Altés due to its altitude, with a great influence of the two winds (Garbí and Mestral) and, above all, for its centenary vineyards that have very low yields (between 0.5 kg and 1 kg of grapes per vine) giving wines with a lot of character.

The Xalamera

Hectares

15

Altitude

402-442 metres above sea level

Orientation

Easte

Varieties

Grenache Blanc, Grenache Tinta and Carignan

Planted

1959 - 2018

Soil type

thin upper clay-sandy layer on limestone rock. Very poor in organic matter

Wines

La Xalamera, Benufet and l'Estel

La Xalamera is a bucolic estate composed of a mosaic of mini-plots separated by dry stone margins located on the east side of a plateau. The estate is characterized by two slopes and a central valley, resulting in a shady and sunny area, an interesting contrast in the ripening of the grapes. The soils are particularly difficult to work, as the vines rest on very shallow bedrock, which even rises to the surface at some points, making it difficult for the vines to take root. The wines resulting from this vineyard are particularly mineral and fresh.

Lo Grau de l'Inquisidor

Hectares

21

Altitude

400-470 metres above sea level

Orientation

East and Southeast

Varieties

Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Hairy Grenache and Syrah

Planted

Between 1948 - 2020

Soil type

Calcareous-lime-clay

Wines

Lo Grau de l'Inquisidor, Benufet and Herència Altés Rosat

Lo Grau de l'Inquisidor is where our winery is located and where we have developed our environmental project. The estate is located in Coll del Moro, near Gandesa, a 483 m high mound that houses an Iberian settlement. The soils are calcareous-lime-clayey, with a high water and mineral retention capacity and high resistance to heat.

Benufet

Hectares

8,2

Altitude

420-450 metres above sea level

Orientation

East and Northeast

Varieties

Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Hairy Grenache and Syrah

Planted

1984 - 2001

Soil type

clay-limestone over limestone rock

Wines

Benufet, l'Estel, La Pilosa and Trementinaire

High altitude plateau with an important influence of the two winds, ideal conditions for the cultivation of the vine and for a perfect sanitary state of the grapes.

Manyol

Hectares

0,5

Altitude

390 metres above sea level

Orientation

Northeast

Varieties

Garnatxa

Planted

1999

Soil type

honeycomb

Wines

Pending

Manyol is one of our black Grenache and honeycomb soil estates. This type of soil, of desert origin 60 million years ago, is characterized by fine sand and silt and a whitish color that, reflecting the sun on it, helps the grapes to ripen properly.

Borrasona

Hectares

2

Altitude

400-425 metres above sea level

Orientation

south and southeast

Varieties

Garnacha

Planted

1980 - 1995

Soil type

clayey-calcareous

Wines

l'Estel

This farm is characterized by 2 very different plots, both of which are very poor in organic matter and, therefore, very unproductive: the lower terrace, with a little more clay content, and the terrace, a little higher up, which, with a more calcareous soil, has a very low production.

Mas Vell

Hectares

1.2

Altitude

330 metres above sea level

Orientation

northeast

Varieties

Garnacha

Planted

2005

Soil type

argilo-calcareous soils

Wines

l'Estel

Located to the west of Batea, the Mas Vell estate is located in one of the most emblematic areas of the village, the Vall Major, a valley surrounded by different plateaus that historically gave its name to this village: Adeba, which means barge. A name symbol of the great importance of the landscape.

Weather

The climate of Terra Alta is mainly dry continental Mediterranean. The center of the region is an area with low rainfall, 400 mm per year, in which the winds are of great importance.

We highlight two winds: the Garbí (southeast), which brings freshness to the vineyards, and the Cerç or Mestral (northwest), a dry wind that prevents the proliferation of fungi and other diseases. These two winds and the natural barrier formed by the Els Ports massif, which deflects sea storms, play a key role in preserving the health of the grapes and vineyards.

Winters are cold, with averages of 5ºC to 7ºC, and summers are very hot, with maximum temperatures reaching 38ºC during the day, although at night the thermometer is usually below 20º. This is an area with a high annual thermal amplitude and many hours of sunshine, which benefits the cultivation of the vineyard.

Varieties

The autochthonous varieties of our land are the viticultural heritage of past generations, an identifying feature of the agricultural landscapes and a genuine characteristic of our wines.

We are committed to native varieties when making fresh and elegant wines, especially Grenache, because we understand that preserving the viticultural heritage is part of our commitment and because we want our wines to maintain the essence of the fruit and the soil where they were born, as well as the character of Terra Alta.

WHITE GRENACHE:

The variety par excellence of Terra Alta. It has been present in our lands since the 17th century when the church decided to replant old Malvasia vines with Garnacha Blanca. It is a drought resistant variety and adapts very well to warm climates. Its grapes can be elaborated in different ways, dry, sweet and rancid, showing all its versatility. It is the most planted variety in our region, Garnacha blanca is our treasure!

GARNACHA:

The red Garnacha is one of the most cultivated varieties in the Iberian Peninsula. It has a vigorous and austere vine and is originally from Aragon. It is a gentle variety, with sweet tannin, extensive and appreciated all over the world. In Terra Alta we find it since ancient times, planted in all types of soils. Easy, fine and fun.

HAIRY GRENACHE:

The hairy Garnacha was the result of a mutation of the red Garnacha to better adapt to the Mediterranean climate. On the back of the leaf, it has a hairiness that allows it to transpire during hot periods, thus protecting it from water scarcity and high temperatures. This variety, which evolved in different areas of Catalonia, including Terra Alta, has adapted perfectly to arid soils poor in organic matter. It has a large grape berry and is thick-skinned - exotic, fresh and elegant!

CARIÑENA:

Locally known as Caranyena, it is one of the oldest varieties of Terra Alta, rustic and wild that allows itself to be tamed with the passage of time. The Carignan grape is medium-grained and has a high tannicity, which gives its wines an important acidity and, therefore, a good aging capacity. Fantastic longevity.

SYRAH:

It is a very appreciated variety all over the world. Although it is a foreign variety, it has adapted very well to our region. We plant it in the higher altitude areas looking for freshness and acidity. Syrah is a small-medium berry grape with a thick skin. It has a high but soft tannin load and, at the same time, a high concentration, ideal for long aging!

In the field

We work all our estates manually and organically, always with the utmost respect for the environment and for the natural and cultural heritage. We understand vineyard cultivation as part of the ecosystem since it is this balance between agriculture and the environment that is capable of guaranteeing the well-being of the vineyards and combating the threats facing agriculture. All our work is aimed at respecting and maintaining this balance.

In 2015, we started the transition to organic farming and, as of today, all our vineyards are certified organic. In addition, we practice agroecology, using alternative techniques to keep the vineyards healthy and help generate life in the soils and in the territory.

In an environment with low rainfall and a terroir poor in organic matter, as is the case of Terra Alta, we understand the soil as an ally to nourish the plants. For this reason, we respect the soil structure as much as possible and make rational decisions by adapting to the particularities of the climate. Thus, depending on the wind blowing or the humidity, we opt for one methodology or another, always thinking of enhancing the richness of each soil.

We seek to maintain and perpetuate the viticultural legacy of old vineyards, enhancing the subway richness: deep and strong roots that endure over the years. With this purpose, we work most of our vineyards in goblet form and without irrigation, so that our cultivation adapts to the drought conditions of the territory and strengthens the roots.

But our winemaking project goes further: through our environmental project, we promote, on the one hand, the protection of our landscape, formed by a mosaic of small agricultural plots interspersed with margins of "dry stone" and forest cuttings, and, on the other hand, the recovery of biodiversity, native fauna and flora often threatened by unsustainable practices or displaced by foreign species.

In the cellar

In the winery we have a philosophy of minimal intervention, that is, we try to influence as little as possible in the course of winemaking, always seeking the maximum freshness and elegance that characterizes our wines.

We ferment through microvinifications, in small tanks that allow us to separate the grapes from different plots in order to maintain the fruit of each soil typology. In addition, the musts begin fermentation naturally and spontaneously with indigenous yeasts from the vineyard.

In the production of the white and rosé wines we use only the free-run juice, and in the case of the reds we add a proportion of whole grapes, seeking freshness, texture and fruit. We ferment and age in concrete tanks to achieve the complexity of micro-oxygenation and minimize the contribution of external aromas. When we use wood, we prefer large barrels (500 and 600 l) or large capacity foudres (2,500 or 5,000 l) with the philosophy of long aging but with minimal oak impact. All this allows us to produce fresh, serene, characterful and very elegant wines.

Commitment

The objective of Herència Altés is to integrate the entire cycle of vineyard cultivation and the production of our wines within the ecosystem and with the minimum environmental impact.

Commitment to the territory

Our raison d'être is inevitably linked to cultural and natural heritage, so we have developed our own environmental project that respects the cultural heritage around the cultivation of vineyards and winemaking, protects the landscape and recovers biodiversity.

Since 2016, we have promoted in the Lo Grado del Inquisidor estate the recovery of native fauna and flora and spaces where they can inhabit. Among the actions carried out, we highlight the planting of thousands of plants and trees of native spices to reproduce natural environments of the area or the construction of a botanical garden with a natural pond.

Around the vineyards, in order to help combat vineyard pests and diseases, we have installed nesting boxes for insectivorous birds and shelters for bats. We have also carried out hacking actions for the reintroduction of species such as the barn owl (Tyto Alba) or the kestrel and we have joined the butterfly monitoring and identification network Catalan Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (CBMS), a project aimed at calibrating different environmental factors based on butterfly censuses.

Commitment to sustainability

We operate mainly with renewable energies thanks to the installation of photovoltaic panels that produce 80% of the energy we consume.

The winery has a large part of its surface subway, which allows it to naturally achieve the desired temperature and humidity in the aging room. We also recycle rainwater for cleaning the winery, and continue to use rainwater for cleaning the winery, and we continue to work to further reduce our carbon footprint and achieve, in the coming years, complete energy self-sufficiency.

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