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High up, as its name suggests, but at 1,400 feet Terra Alta is no higher up than any of its winemaking neighbors. Still the area’s mountainous beauty can captivate. A 17–year–old Pablo Picasso said in later years, “Everything I know I learned in the town of Pallarès”—not exactly a town but the home of his friend Manuel Pallarès in the town of Horta de Sant Joan. Some of his earliest paintings depict the landscape around him in Terra Alta. In the vineyards, chalk and clay dominate, as do the traditional grapes of Garnacha, Cariñena. Temparnillo, Garnacha Blanca, Macabeo, and Parellada.

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