Josep Grau I Closa is an enologist with training in France’s Rhone Valley and founder of the Josep Grau Viticultor winery, formerly known as Celler Dosterras. In the late 1990s he was shown the remaining old vineyards in the mountain villages of Marca, Falset and Capcanes and set about acquiring small parcels and making wine, beginning with a three-acre plot of 100-year-old Garnatxa in Capcanes used to produce the estate’s top wine, Dosterras.
Dosterras is derived from the two soil types of the original three-acre plot: chalk and clay. Thirty-four acres of vines between 40 and over 100 years old are divided among six parcels, including zones with a strong presence of llicorella – the decomposed slate responsible for intense minerality in top Priorat – at an altitude of between 350 and 550 meters above sea level. Garnatxa is the primary variety, followed by Samso (Carinena/Mazuelo), Garnatxa Blanca and Macabeo, plus tiny amounts of Cabernet and Merlot. Some of the parcels are located in the commune of Priorat, and were a part of the D.O. Priorat prior to the advent of D.O. Montsant in 2002.
Sustainable viticulture has the objective of the preservation of biodiversity and maximum expression of terroir. The resulting wines reflect the terroir and sensitive winemaking hand: pure fruit and expression marked by minerals and aromatic herbs, elegant and fresh in the mouth and a firm structure that develops with time in the glass and the bottle.