UNDERSTANDING OUR VINEYARDS
Our commitment to wines produced with autochthonous varieties from La Rioja (Maturana blanca, Tempranillo blanco, Rojal Garnacha blanca and Viura) within a framework of sustainable vineyards is a challenge for our team. Rescuing varieties that have almost disappeared means a research on the best conditions for the development of the vines (orientations, types of pruning, disease treatments, loads per vine, vigour control, etc.). In addition to that, the clones are selected considering the features of the area, the altitude, orientation to the soil and microclimate. All this to obtain the best white wines with ageing potential.
Our wine cellar and the technology have been designed both for and by long lasting white wines.
Since the search for the freshness and the longevity of the wines are our main aim, the parameter of must acidity is a crucial element. All the work in the vines is intended to obtain the best acidity and well-balanced grapes. Our program includes some changes on the care of the vineyard as a transition towards an eco-friendly vineyard in order to obtain an ecological certificate.
It’s the method of propagation of grapevines based on the identification of the best examples of grape varieties, according to the phenotype. The phenotype is the composite of the organism’s characteristics, particular and inherited, that makes it unique and incomparable. The phenotypes refer to physical and morphological elements, such as the thickness of the pomace, the ability to reproduce vegetatively, the resistance to diseases, etc.
This means analysing the performance of the vines for years, choosing the best ones. The chosen vines can be heterogeneous in terms of characteristics, within a framework of quality, such as fertility or enological features. The aim is to obtain the conjunction of improved productivity, a better quality of the fruit and less health problems.
After the usual procedure of the multiplication of the best vines (the ones that gather the best features for our wines), the reproduction of the clones starts.
A clonic population is the result of a vegetative reproduction (an asexual reproduction where no reproductive cells are involved) from a parent plant. All vines are exactly the same in terms of genetic load. It would be a cloning from a specific exemplary of great quality.
There are several points of view about the selections above mentioned.
Some theories affirm that the massal selection means more complexity on the final product. Others say that the clonal selection leads to a safe path. A few holds that clones endanger the vines turning everything uniform or that they are the ultimate expression of each variety.