Joan D’Anguera (Montsant)

One of the most exciting producers emerging out of Spain is Joan d’Anguera. Located in the D.O. of Montsant, this family estate dates back 200 years. Montsant, formerly part of the Tarragona D.O., is found in the heart of the Tarragona region. Surrounding the famous D.O.Q. of Priorat, Montsant is southwest of Barcelona.

The vineyards lie at an altitude of 200 to 300 meters on clay and calcareous soils. The majority of the Syrah and Cabernet plantings are now more than 20 years old, and the Grenache and Carignan are more than 50 years old.

The two sons, Josep and Joan, of the late patriarch, Josep Anguera, run this domain under the vigilant eye of their mother. Their intention is to produce the best Syrah-based wines of Spain. Known as “Mister Syrah” in Spain, Josep (the father) was a man with an extensive knowledge of the international wine scene. Introduced to Syrah by a Spanish enologist who had traveled to California in the 1970s, Josep started planting the grape in 1977 anywhere he could find vineyard space.

Joan d’Anguera produces three wines that each explore a different perspective of their land. Planella is their expression of Carignan, Finca l’Argata is their expression of Grenache from a parcel of the same name, and Bugader reflects their oldest parcels of Syrah.

The Anguera brothers strive to work as naturally possible, both in the winery and vineyard. As such, all fermentation is done with indigenous yeast. Also, in 2008 the winery began its switch to biodynamic agriculture, and it expects to be certified by 2011. Learn more.

*Non-certified Organic and Biodynamic*


Wines Currently Available
  • Montsant Altaroses
  • Montsant El Bugader
  • Montsant Finca L’Argata
  • Montsant La Planella
For more information, please call (415) 492-9411 or email
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