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The cycle of lands

Our method of farming is based on a very simple idea: we believe in a absolutely natural farming, allowing weather and lands, neither with effort nor pressure, to grow grapes of a characteristic quality in the different plots we have. We use methods of farming which integrate the energy in nature and the cosmos in the grapevines and the grapes themselves. In contrast to Biodynamic agriculture, our methods don’t make use of strange substances which are not autochthonous in the area (animal parts, etcetera): they are based on the ecological balance of each soil in itself.

As we don’t make use of chemical herbicides or chemical manures, we allow herbs to grow. Then these herbs will become part of the soils where they have grown as an organic natural manure. Autochthonous and local herbs give the soils the natural balance they need. And this is the differentiating feature in relation to ecological agriculture, where vetch and gramineae are planted to become manure later on. In these particular cases, plants are not autochthonous from the area, and consequently they don’t give soils the right balance. With our natural method of farming we take advantage of the natural cycle of herbs which grow wildly. In this way the extra nutrients of an herb is absorbed by the next one. We are restoring then a much more natural balance in soils and lands.

Grape picking and pruning are made in harmony with location of stars and some other astrological aspects. We only plough once or twice a year, and only when the bird nests around our plots (mainly from partridges and goldfinches) have flown away.

As we allow biodiversity, a natural, biological struggle is established in our soils. For example, ladybirds grow quite fast and they are the ones which eat louses fast as well. Birds which make their nests around our plots are natural mosquito and fly eaters

By farming this way, we become one guest more inside our plots and vineyards. We are attached to land sharing our ‘house’ with the rest of living creatures which by nature they once shared with us.

All this concern, together with the idea that we try to avoid any kind of aggressive action towards vegetation, make our “happy grapes” which later on let us make excellent wines in a natural and spontaneous way.