vi de l'Albera (Alt Empordà)
Carles Alonso crafts paranormal wine in the shadows of the Pyrenees with grapes from his wild jungles of vineyards. He left his job as director of investments at Caixa Catalunya in 1979 to build his stone house in the tiny hamlet of Els Vilars, grow his own food, and craft natural wine from 2.5ha of slate slopes 250m above sea level. His vines grow wild among native grasses, flowers, and bugs, competing for water and struggling for nutrients in Girona’s arid climate, untended but for a single aggressive winter pruning and a touch of caldo bordelés after flowering. Their savage fruit makes for haunting wine full of mediterranean character kept fresh by the tramontana that blows from the mountains to the north.