FEET IN THE LAND

TERROIR-BASED VITICULTURE

Years of working in the vineyards with the assistance of animals, of making and administering biodynamic preparations, of working with our hands, of understanding the composition of the soil, of respectful pruning during the winter and green pruning in the spring have gradually shaped our terroir-based viticulture. We have been working the land for 150 years but we have barely begun to get to know it and to understand our vines to prepare ourselves together for whatever future lies ahead…

PRELUDE

In the late 20th century, the widespread establishment of monoculture, the excessive use of “systemic” products, and the resulting degeneration of animal and plant life in the soil and subsoil, made the search for an alternative imperative. A re-thinking of values and priorities, requiring the making of some important and permanent changes, were necessary,The fourth generation of the family initiated the reframing of the family values and the far-reaching and permanent changes necessary in order not to lose the greatest of legacies: the land.

IDENTITY OF THE LAND

This is why we asked Lydia and Claude Bourguignon consultants specialized in soil microbiology to carry out an in-depth study of our soils, with the objective of recovering the life therein, and continuing to reflect the identity of our land within our wines. To this end, in addition to the experience the family has built up over the years, we have sought and followed the advice of Lydia and Claude Bourguignon, masters of soil vivification and the family’s much-cherished partners.

HOW WE UNDERSTAND OUR TERROIR – BASED VITICULTURE?

Every day we become more aware of the need to work with the land, to get to know it, to become its accomplices and to face the future together. In the vineyards, we have re-introduced Goblet (bush) training and we carry out pruning that respects the vine. We plough by horse and graft at the foot of the vine using plant material sourced from our own vineyards. We make the most of the terrain’s orography to further optimise all our resources when the time comes to replant.

All these practices have a direct influence on the quality of the grapes, making them more expressive, concentrated and complex, which is transmitted in the future wines that will reflect their unique origin. They also enhance the health and longevity of our vines.

OBSERVATION – CONTINUOUS LEARNING

We observe the lunar cycle and its ascending and descending phases to choose the best time in which to carry out each task in the vineyards. Following the biodynamic calendar helps us harness the energy of the heavens and the earth at every stage of the grape’s growth and when transforming it into wine.

We believe that nature has a direct and determining influence on our crops and consider it our duty to learn to interpret it.

VEGETAL COVER

Live vegetal cover is a technique used to maintain and nourish the soil in the vineyards. This cover can be spontaneous, leaving the flora to grow naturally, or it can be induced. It is an effective soil-care system used in biodynamic growing. It helps regulate the retention and drainage of water and encourages biodiversity and the proliferation of the natural enemies of the common vineyard pests. It reduces the risk of erosion and improves soil structure, enriching it with organic matter and activating microbial life. In times of drought, we spread tree bark on the ground for the same purpose and to prevent competition with the vines for what water there is.

COMPOST FROM OUR FARM

We make animal and plant compost from our own farm – a fundamental pillar of biodynamic agriculture.

The farm is located in a unique environment that is surrounded by vineyards and in which different types of animals cohabit. Among others, we have sheep, chickens and horses which – aside from giving us the compost with which we make biodynamic preparations – contribute to generating greater microbial activity for our vineyards.

THE FARM

In biodynamic agriculture, the aim is self-sufficiency, which is why having a farm is essential as it is required to produce all the necessary components, such as natural fertilisers, compost, biodynamic preparations and medicinal herbs.

OUR GREAT TREASURE

The farm, set amidst our vineyards and one of our greatest treasures, is home to chickens, geese, donkeys, sheep, horses and cows. They all help us to improve the local ecosystem, helping to stimulate the vine’s microbial life.

BIODYNAMICS PREPARATIONS

MEDICINALS PLANTS

We care for our vineyards with preventive infusions made from medicinal plants grown in our garden of nettles, dandelions, yarrow, horsetail, valerian, etc. These decoctions activate defence systems which act against potential pests, fungi or diseases.

ALIANCES PER LA TERRA

We work around 450 hectares using biodynamic principles. Of these, 85 belong to the Gramona family and the rest come from Aliances per la Terra (Partnership for the Earth), the association of wine growers established in 2015 and headed by Gramona, which shares a common philosophy of working the vineyards in an environmentally-friendly manner. The association’s members have collectively and collaboratively followed a gradual, natural evolution intended to bring new life to the soil and the countryside to which it belongs.

Our priority is to ensure that the exceptional legacy that is the land of the Penedès is passed on to the next generations and, to do so, we persevere in our commitment to the environment. Find out more about this land, the characteristics of our soils and the sustainable practices  we apply both in the vineyard and in the winery during the production of our sparkling wines.

Biodynamic certification since 2014

In 2014 we obtained the Demeter seal, which certifies the biodynamic agriculture of our vineyards. Likewise, the winemaking process carried out in the winery is also Demeter certified. This double recognition, for viticulture and winemaking, is unusual among the wines of our country.

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