The process of making our wines begins in a very important place: the vineyard. Our vineyards are all located in Santa Maria del Camí, a town 15 km from the city of Palma, a land of great winemaking tradition. The plants grow mostly on the outskirts of the village, in the areas known as Pla de Buc and Torrent Fals. They represent an unbeatable location for the good development of the growing of grapes, and even better for the native varieties that we use. The vineyards are planted in different plots with different types of soil, and they are of different ages. Some are already over 40 years old and others are young plantation, a fact that also marks the difference of the fruit and its final flavour. This allows us to allocate different types of grapes to the production of various wines.
We practice ancestral viticulture, techniques that have been transmitted from generation to generation. We must bear in mind that our vineyards are rain fed, since the rainfall is usually between 300 and 450 mm per year. For this reason we have a unique soil that requires special grape varieties, which are the native varieties that we maintain and continue to grow because they are the ones that adapt best to this type of climate.
The shortage of rain also makes it necessary to optimize well the resources that nature has, and that is why we perform techniques learned from our grandparents, such as letting the vegetation grow after harvesting until the end of the winter period. It is known as “temporary spontaneous vegetation cover” and the results and benefits it brings us are many:
• Avoid erosion phenomena caused by autumn rains.
• Provides nutrients and organic matter to the soil.
• Improves the structure of the earth.
• Activate the mircobial life of vineyards.
Once the winter rest has passed, the plant cover is crushed and the remains are removed mechanically. It is important to note that we do not use chemical fertilizers, but simply natural excrements from our own sheep.
Another very important work in the vineyard is pruning. At home we perform pruning popularly known as “ull mira tall” that is based on respecting the sapducts of the plant to the fullest. The cultural techniques that are performed once the vegetative period has begun are responsible for regulating the vigor of the plant to obtain top quality grapes. Finally, to end the cycle, when the fruit has matured, a maturity check is made to decide the ideal time to harvest.
The grape harvest is undoubtedly one of the most important moments in the winemaking process. For our family it has always been synonymous with hard and thorough work, since we have always harvested by hand. This has meant since ancient times that harvest time is linked to a period of temporary workers and a few days of heavy work, but at the same time also cheerful. We spend many hours in the sun picking and selecting the grapes, but it is a group job, which we still maintain as in the past, that creates a certain fraternity and unforgettable moments every year.