At Parés Baltà we cultivate the vineyards in an ecological way without any use of herbicides, pesticides or any chemical fertilizer. In order to fertilize our soils, we have our own flock of sheep that takes cares of the vineyards 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 at the right moment. For instance, we are doing a green pruning to increase the air circulation and the sun exposure with varieties that are more susceptible to disease.
Besides, we do a green harvest by thinning out the grapes before they ripen. The main goal is to increase the concentration and character of the grapes left on the vine. The resulting amount of grapes 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 lie on the mountains of Penedés where we are cultivating vines on terraces prepared centuries ago. Those terraces were nearly abandoned due to their high cost of maintenance but we started to use them again to cultivate not so common varieties in the Penedès. The estates are completely isolated and only surrounded by wild nature and woods. Wild animals like wild boars, foxes, rabbits and Bonelli’s eagles are frequently seen around the vineyards. Wild boars seem to be real gourmets since they only eat very ripen grapes.
No artificial irrigation is done. The only water that the vines receive comes directly from the rain or is taken by the roots from groundwater.