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Country of Origin: Spain
Location: Terra Alta
People: Patrick Mata & Alberto Orte, Owners | Made Expressly for Ole Imports
Viticulture: Certified Organic
This mineral, spicy Mediterranean red drinks like a wine two times its price. Ludovicus is produced from organically grown grapes in the high elevation (1,427 feet) Terra Alta region. The vineyards are located a few miles south and west of Priorat near the town of Batea. This is just 45 minutes south of Barcelona in the mountains of Tarragona overlooking the Mediterranean. In this remote region, the winemaking tradition dates back to the Romans, around the 2nd or 3rd century. The Garnacha grapes that grow in Terra Alta are among the finest in Spain due to three factors: the elevation, the limestone soil and the plethora of old vines. The soils are composed of 95% limestone and 5% clay.