First and foremost, we are farmers who love the earth and want to enjoy the best and healthiest fruit it can offer.
We have always cultivated our vines in full respect of the environment and principles of sustainability, with minimal use of pesticides. In fact, we were among the first to use pheromones in our vineyards as a natural form of woodworm pest control.
In 2014, we took the decision to obtain organic certification. And it was in 2018 that our products could finally be officially labelled as organic and endorsed by the CCPAE (certification body of Catalonia).
Our agricultural, and specifically our vine-growing philosophy, is ecological and biodynamic: complete respect for the natural product without the use of fertilisers or pesticides. In short, without using synthetic chemical products.
Implementing this philosophy in practice has meant huge investment to proactively treat our more than 400 hectares of vineyards. The basic preventive treatments that are authorised are copper (to prevent downy mildew) and sulphur (to prevent powdery mildew).
These treatments must be applied just before the changing of the season and, even more importantly, simultaneously across the more than 100 plots that we manage. Achieving this requires significant investment in state-of-the-art machinery.
The setting in which our vineyards are located plays a vital role. That is why we respect and maintain the forests that surround our estates, as well as the two ravines that cross through our largest estate in Monistrol d’Anoia. Furthermore, the animals, and particularly the birds, play a key role in enriching the soil in which our vines grow.
And to close the biodynamic circle, we are introducing livestock into the ravines and forests located on our land.
This is vital in order to ensure the natural fertilisation of our three estates, which are subdivided into more than 100 plots. Our composter is fed with manure from our own livestock and supplemented by manure purchased from organically-certified farms.
We need to fertilise one third of our vineyards every year.
ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS ORGANIC FARMING
PIWI is the German abbreviation for “Pilzwiderstandsfähige” (fungus-resistant grape varieties). It does not involve the use of genetically-modified organisms. Through sexual reproduction over the course of many years, these plants have become resistant to diseases like powdery and downy mildew.
Thanks to our innovative nature, we have launched an experimental project, agreed with the Catalan Institute of Vineyards and Wine (INCAVI), to study how a series of fungus-resistant grape varieties planted in two vineyards on the Sumarroca and Molí Coloma estates develop