Passion for the natural
The cultivation of our vineyards is respectful with the environment as it is a key point in Parés Baltà sense of identity. All our wines have an organic certification and our vineyards biodynamic (by Demeter).
Following our innovative spirit, in 2010 we began our studies on biodynamic agriculture which later were applied to the vineyards.
In 2011 we made the first biodynamic treatments and they were applied in some experimental plots. One year later, the excellent results encouraged us to extend the application to all the vineyards.
Biodynamic farming seeks to provide maximum vitality, self-balance and harmony to the vineyard. We work with biodynamic preparations and homeopathic remedies that help us to convey the influences of the cosmos to the vineyard. Therefore, we reach high fertility and a natural pest control.
In Parés Baltà we cultivate the vineyards in an ecological way without applying herbicides, pesticides nor any chemical fertilizer. In order to fertilize our soils, we have our own flock of sheep that takes care of the vineyards the months after the harvest.
We also have bees that pollinate the vines during the flowering season.
In ecological farming it is crucial to treat the plants in the right moment. For instance, we are doing the green pruning to those varieties that are more sensitives to deseases. Thus, we increase the air circulation and the sun exposure.
Moreover, we do the green harvest by cutting some of the grapes before they ripen. The main goal is to increase the concentration and character of those ones left on the vines. The amount kept depends on the climatology of the year, but for example in the case of the Grenache used for our Hisenda Miret wine, we take away more than 50% of the grapes.
Some of our vineyards are cultivated in centenary terraces. They were nearly abandoned due to their high cost of maintenance but we decided to use them again to cultivate uncommon in the Penedès. They are completely isolated and surrounded by nature and our vineyards are following the orography of the mountains. Wild animals like wild boars, foxes, rabbits and Bonelli’s eagles are frequently seen. Wild boars seem to be real gourmets since they only eat very ripen grapes.
No artificial irrigation. The only water that the vines receive comes directly from the rain.
2.000 years ago, the Iberians used clay from the Foix mountains to make amphorae… Nowadays, we take their legacy to ferment our wines in amphorae, also made of the clay coming from our vineyards.
A natural wine is made with the minimum intervention of chemicals, technology and human touch, both while growing the grapes and during the vinification. Broadly speaking, Natural Wines are those ones produced without adding or removing anything during the winemaking process.
Once we have harvested our old Xarel·lo vines by hand, the wine arises from a spontaneous alcoholic fermentation in clay amphorae. The porosity of those cause a hyper oxidation and lead all the oxidizable particles to the bottom. As a result, we get a crystal-clear wine.