The Winery 2019-03-22T17:31:25+00:00

THE WINERY

The winery is totally integrated in the landscape and has three floors, two of which are underground. We employ gravity in each step of the vinification process. Fermentation is done in concrete  tanks and french wooden 2500L barrels. Plots and varieties are fermented separately.We only use indigenous yeasts in the fermentation process and age our wines in owned cellars located seven meters below ground level.

PHILOSOPHY

Differences in altitude, soil and orientation make each of our vineyards unique, and this is reflected in our wines.  Our philosophy is to ensure that our wines express this authenticity, typicity and essence, while fully respecting the environment.

It is easy for us to practice organic farming because we are the owners of six different plots situated in six different summits of six different mountains in Porrera. Plots are very well areated. Because they don’t have any neighbour, thay cannot receive the influence of possible non-organic  vine treatments.
We protect and enhance the flora and fauna species diversity (populations and regional communities of native flora and fauna), attracting a range of beneficial species to the vineyard (territorial birds, beneficial insects etc). We also provide alternative food and shelter sources for beneficial organisms in the vineyard (wildlife habitats and corridors), and as a result, potentially reducing the need for pesticides. For example, our intention is to preserve lacewings because that insect will help us the prevention of vine pests.
Fermentations start naturally, using only indigenous yeasts . It is the way the wines will be able to express their own personality.
Marco Abella has adapted biodynamic methods to the particular environment of some of its plots in order to express the authenticity and essence of Porrera. Respecting the environment, we practice ecological agriculture adapting the most modern biodynamic techniques. Biodynamics takes the process much deeper, involving practices that eschew man­made chemical inputs for natural ones and creating a single farm organism through elaborate. We plant and prun following the moon phases. The climate of Porrera (dry climate…) discourages the proliferation of molds, so spraying fungicides—prohibited in Biodynamic farming—can easily be avoided.
We try to have naturally healthy plants so we enrich our soil with cattle dung, without artificial fer­tilizers or pesticides. This manure tea is sprayed on plants to encourage healthy soil composition and discourage unwanted pests.

We also administrate homeopathic doses of natural products according to the phases of the moon and working the soil by old-fashioned methods such as ploughing and tilling to restore health, life and natural rhythms to the soil and what is grown in it.

We administrate  preventative doses of camomile, bark, fennel, dandelions or valerian, anticipating problems by intimate knowledge of each vine. It is the use, and particularly the timing of the use, of these preparations that particularly distinguishes biodynamic viticulture from organic The only inorganic or mineral substance that you may find being used at the vineyard is quartz as part of a fungal disease treatment. We create the homeopathic mixture that, when sprayed on the vines, will—in theory—help the grapes ripen and improve their flavors.

Biodynamic viticulture may still need, and permits, vineyard applications of copper sulphate.

We think we have more intensity and a truer expression of terroir in our wines practicing byodinamics, and we feel confortable for the long-term benefit of our parcels ecosystem.

The treatments during the year are:

Autumn

  • Quartz treatment
  • Maria Thun treatment

Winter

  • Cattle dung compost treatment for vines
  • Maria Thun treatment
  • Cattle dung treatment

Spring

  • Cattle dung treatment
  • Camomile treatment
  • Maria Thun treatment
  • Quartz treatment
  • Valerian treatment
  • Yarrow, milfoil treatment

Homeopathic copper treatment

Observing the moon and its cycles is a tradition as old as man himself. In farming, the moon cycles are very significant. They strongly affect the flowering & fruiting of trees & plants. The moon has a strong pull on everything liquid on the planet. Since plants also have a circulatory system (sap) they too experience ´tides´ or biorythms.

The waxing phase is between the new and full Moon. The light is increasing and the energy/sap is drawn upwards into the plant. At full Moon, the peak of the cycle, the energy changes and the sap is pulled down into the roots as the light decreases. During this waning stage, the soil is absorbing – the best time to water, sow and fertilze