#extremeviticulture

#extremeviticulture

#extremeviticulture

#extremeviticulture

#extremeviticulture

#extremeviticulture

#extremeviticulture

#extremeviticulture

#extremeviticulture

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We are based in Banyuls Sur Mer, the heart of the appellation Banyuls-Collioure, and work principally with old vines located on terraces with beautiful rock walls which overlook the Mediterranean.

We have adopted a number of forgotten and mismanaged vineyards, as we are committed to the conservation and development of this unique and endangered landscape.

The majority of our vines are situated in the area of Banyuls known as “Les Escoumes” on terraces with a  bedrock formed by ancient Cambrian shale.

We have chosen vineyards which face north, as we believe they make a good investment with respect to climate change. Water is (relatively) abundant, the winters are cold, and the effects of the mountains often blocking the sun give opportunities for the grapes to mature slowly, which gives us greater scope in our winemaking. We are well protected from the tramontane (the famous freezing winter wind which comes down from the Pyrenees with speeds of up to 120km/h), but still benefit from a not too humid coastal microclimate.

Our soils are quite rich by Banyuls standards, although acidic, being without chemical weed killers for years now. After our effort for the conversion, all of our vines are now certified BIO.  With regular brushcutting we are making quite a nice active little layer of humus, and the soils are living once more.

We are experimenting with subterranean clover as a cover crop, while still working with the natural grasses here, as they are autochthonous, die in summer, aren’t too long, and out-compete the invasive weeds which can so easily colonise the terraces if you let your guard down.

All the works in the vineyard are done by hand –  starting from soil work and weeding with famous “xadic”, through pruning and treating, to harvesting the grapes in the late summer. While we are not bio-dynamic, we do apply the bio-dynamic treatments to protect the plants, activate the soil, and increase root depth, as well as follow the biodynamic calendar for our works in the vines and the cellar. In addition to these natural preparations, we use limited amounts of sulphur and and occasionally copper in the production of our grapes – nothing else.

As for grape varieties, our main cepage is grenache noir. The rest of our vineyards are composed with a mix of local grape varieties, such as grenache blanc and gris, carignan, mourvedre and syrah. We are constantly replanting the missing vines, searching for well-adapted, high quality, grafts to compete with the harsh local conditions.