Our Vineyards / Les nostres vinyes
When we purchased our vineyards they had been farmed organically for almost 20 years. Considering the history of our land before that we think it is likely that these soils have never seen synthetic chemicals. We are proud to continue this legacy and practice 100% organic viticulture. We are currently going a step further and moving towards Regenerative Agriculture methods. An ancient but at the same time modern philosophy, its methods strive to regenerate the soil, sequester carbon, and improve the microbiology of the land.
Quan vam comprar les nostres vinyes, feia quasi 20 anys que eren conreades de manera ecològica. Tenint en compte la història de la nostra terra abans, creiem que és probable que aquests sòls no hagin vist mai productes químics sintètics. Estem orgullosos de continuar aquest llegat i practicar una viticultura 100% orgànica. Actualment estem fent un pas més i avançant cap als mètodes d’agricultura regenerativa. Una filosofia antiga però alhora moderna, els seus mètodes s’esforcen per regenerar el sòl, segrestar carboni i millorar la microbiologia de la terra.
Named using the ancient spelling of the Siurana river, here we have a mix of Grenache and Carignan, planted 0n terraces down the slope to the river. We are working to link the vines to the river via biodiversity work, bringing amphibian, bat, and avian habitats to life.
The vines here meander across terraces, some south-east facing and some south-west. Decisions of timing and selection is made very carefully during harvest.
Above the Ciurana vineyard, reaching up to 450 meters, is the Coster vineyard, with almost 2 hectares of Carignan covering a long steep south facing hillside. The extremely low organic matter of the slate soil and the steep slope ensures high drainage and the result is super concentrated grapes with thick skins.
Just 100 meters from the El Coster vineyard, planted on both sides of the Baranques de Salanques is the Salanca vineyard. In an homage to the history of the region, we are using the ancient spelling of the name of the Baranque: Salanca. At the top of the vineyard is a coster of our Garnatxa Blanca where the slope gives the exposure needed to give sufficient ripening. These grapes go into our white wine named Cap Blanc. To the side of the white grapes we find a steep coster of Carinyena on an east facing exposure, which goes into A Priori.
A year after taking over stewardship of the vineyard, we made an amazing discovery – we found planting records that show that one part of the Salanca vineyard was planted in 1915. Old Carinyena vines planted over 100 years ago – but not large old vines – the soils here are so poor that the vines have barely grown beyond what looks like 5 year old plants. Naturally, the yields from these vines are very low, and we ferment these grapes separately (it’s only one small barrel in total) and bottle it as a special cuvee only when the vintage allows sufficient volume