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Alta Alella investigates on resistant grape varieties


The VRIAACC project aims to develop new plants that are resistant to the climate change effects and diseases such as powdery mildew and downy mildew

Since 1999, Alta Alella has been participating in the experimental vineyard project of Resistant and Autochthonous Varieties Adapted to Climate Change (VRIAACC, acronym in Spanish), which aims to obtain vines that do not need any type of treatment and are naturally resistant to plagues such as powdery mildew and downy mildew. In addition, the VRIACC also have more drought tolerance. These new plants are obtained by floral crossbreeding (and not by genetic manipulation) between autochthonous varieties –at the moment we are working with Pansa Blanca (Xarel·lo), Macabeu, Parellada, Ull de llebre and Garnatxa negra- and other already resistant varieties.

Thinking about the legacy they will leave to future generations, the Pujol-Busquets family has always worked respecting the territory and preserving biodiversity (organic winery from the origin), and the VRIAACC project is another step forward to produce more sustainable wines.


  • Eliminate treatments in the vineyard (copper and sulphur) and produce cleaner wines
  • Less soil compaction
  • Healthier working environment (we avoid the exposure of the vine grower to treatments)
  • Reduction of CO2 emissions
  • More quality (ripening in periods of greater temperature difference day/night)
  • Less losses due to mildew, powdery mildew, botrytis, Drosophila Suzuki, drought, etc.

Other partners in the project are Celler de les Aus, Albet i Noya, Celler Josep Piñol, Institut Català de la Vinya i el Vi and VITEC (Centro Tecnológico del Vino).

Grant “Creación de nuevas variedades de vid autorresistentes a enfermedades criptogámicas y sequía (VRIAACC 2022-2025)” funded by MCIN/AEI/ 10.13039/501100011033 and by the “European Union NextGenerationEU/PRTR”.

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 +90 wines and cavas from Alta Alella, rated by Vivir el Vino 2023


The 2023 issue of the wine guide ‘Vivir el Vino’ includes six organic wines and cavas from Alta Alella. Amongst the references tasted and rated by Raúl Serrano -sommelier and editorial director- Alta Alella 10 2012 has been the top ranked. It is the collectible cava from the Pujol-Busquets family that stands out for its singularity, marked by the Sauló soil, the climate of the Serra de Mar area and the long ageing process.

98 · Alta Alella 10 2012
“Fresh and complex fruit, with an elegant and restrained acidity and a marked varietal typicity. This 2012 could share the market not only with the previous vintage, but also with earlier ones thanks to its expressiveness and longevity, as well as its elegance, finesse and endless aftertaste”. – Raúl Serrano

94 · Alta Alella Cau d’en Genís (white)
“Intense, clean and clearly vegetal. The xarel-lo is dominant with an excellent stone fruit skin and candied fruit, which gives way to notes of lime, hot stone and white flowers on a light background of seaweed and quince flesh. The palate is full-bodied and maintains the complexity of the nose. The aromas meld as it progresses to give way to good acidity and a long, lingering finish.” – Raúl Serrano

95 · Alta Alella Mirgin OPUS Paratge Qualificat Vallcirera
93 · Alta Alella Laietà Gran Reserva
92 · Alta Alella Cau d’en Genís (negre)
92 · Alta Alella Parvus Syrah

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Alta Alella MIRGIN OPUS · Paraje Calificado Vallcirera, amongst the best 100 wines of 2022


Wine Enthusiast has chosen the Alta Alella MIRGIN OPUS Paraje Calificado Vallcirera cava as one of the best 100 wines of 2022. The prestigious American magazine has blind tasted and scored up to 21,000 references in order to determine this accurate selection. This distinction is a reward to the Pujol-Busquets family after many years of work seeking to achieve high quality wines, with their own personality and linked to the territory.

In the tasting note, Mike Desimone highlights: ” Deep straw in color and with a soft effervescence, this wine has aromas of red Delicious apple, canned peach and almond blossom. It offers flavors of toast with lemon curd, lime zest, grated coconut and a soft hint of mocha that are followed by a burst of citrus on the finish”.

Alta Alella MIRGIN OPUS – Paraje Calificado Vallcirera leads the highest category of the DO Cava, together with Alta Alella Mirgin Exeo – Paraje Calificado Vallcirera. It recognizes cavas with “exceptional quality and distinguished from others by its specific characteristics (location and terroir)”.

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AUS Tallarol, best natural wine of 2022


Glorian Ruoka&viini, a well-known lifestyle magazine in Finland, has selected AUS Tallarol, an organic wine without added sulfites produced by Celler de les Aus, as the best natural wine of 2022.

AUS Tallarol is made with the Pansa Blanca variety, indigenous to the Alella region, and fermented in concrete egg based on clay (Oeuf de Beaune), with the aim to enhance the terroir’s character, increase the wine’s aromatic richness and volume on the palate.

“On the rich palate of Alta Alella’s Catalonian natural wine one can find appley fruitiness, lemon, grapefruit and herbal spiciness. Deliciously acidic white wine fits well with marinated olives, goat’s cheese and small savoury bites, and also with baked potato served with for example mushrooms, butter and cured salmon.” – Glorian Magazine

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Harvest 2022 with Pujol-Busquets Family


Maximum enthusiasm: the time has come to reap the benefits of the work carried out with effort and dedication to the vineyard throughout the year. 

On August 8th, we kicked off an extraordinarily early harvest, marked by drought and high temperatures during the growing season, with yields slightly lower than the usual average. As the ripening degrees of the varieties were overlapping each other, the harvest was accelerated to prevent the grapes from becoming raisined. All in all, we highlight an extraordinary balance regarding all the quality parameters of the grapes.

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Mireia Pujol-Busquets behind the vine


The owner of Alta Alella, Mireia Pujol-Busquets, talks about her beginnings in wine world, the value that vineyards give to the environment and misconceptions about wine, among others, in an interview by The Femme Vine. This web page aims to connect wine lovers with women winemakers.

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Alta Alella MIRGIN Rosé: Gold Medal by Barcelona Rosé awards


Alta Alella MIRGIN Rosé Gran Reserva 2018 has been awarded with a gold medal on the category ‘sparkling rosé made using the traditional method and aged for more than 24 months’ by the Barcelona Rosé International Bubbles Awards.

Mireia Pujol-Busquets received the distinction during the awards ceremony that took place on the second day of the Barcelona Wine Week.

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 Alta Alella MIRGIN Gran Reserva, Wine of the week at Jancis Robinson


“Absolutely lovely” – Samantha Cole-Johnson

Alta Alella MIRGIN Gran Reserva has been highlighted as Wine of the week by Samantha Cole-Johnson at From this cava, that was given a score of 17, Cole-Johnson highlights: “Lemon colour. Salty bread-dough aroma. Fine mousse, zesty acidity. Lemon peel, lime, white grapefruit with its corresponding pithiness, raw sweet almond, juicy green apple, chalk, a slight rubber aroma (not at all in a bad way, in a characteristically Cava way). The aromas are quite fresh and layered with more fruit (rather than secondary, evolved character) than the other Cavas. Plenty of minerality though. Persistent finish with some bread-dough autolytic quality. Absolutely lovely.”

The last time that a Cava was chosen wine of the week was a decade ago.

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