PAGO DE LA BOTICARIA
Life philosophy behind our vineyards
Extreme, centenary vineyards ... on incredible soils, formed by degraded slates and other minerals, in a continental climate that delivers very scarce productions. Wines made with minimal human intervention and which reflect the flavor they bring the soil, yeasts, the microbiota and rich biodiversity that inhabits our lands and vineyards grapes.
Reflect the nature, transfer to our wine the relationship we maintain with the land where our vineyards grow, letting them express themselves, away from forced chemical processes, from mixtures that homogenize the product, letting our wines surprise us every year.
Beyond pruning or minimal care of the vineyards, we let Nature take its course and offer us each year a differentiated and unique product. We believe that Nature deserves to be treated with respect, with care and with love; we are sure that this relationship will deliver us unique experiences year after year.
On the other hand, it is a fact of quantum physics that the observer, the viticulturist and winemaker in this case, alters the experiment, i.e. the quality of the grape harvest and wine. A respectful observer alters them minimally. A happy observer bottles happiness.
2018 was an excellent year for our vineyard.
Red wine originating from our vineyards of old garnacha vines, (Valdespinar, Moncayo, Boticaria ...).
After a dry 2017, with rainfall somewhat below average, which ended with an extremely dry autumn-winter, the rains in April, May and June tripled the usual ones and the beginning of summer was hot, with some mild storms in July and August that they prepared the red garnacha grapes for a good veraison. The daytime temperature in September and October did not exceed 30 degrees Celsius, nor did the nighttime temperature drop below 10 degrees Celsius. The result was pervfect acidity and pH at harvest time.
The harvest began on October 18 carried out by hand and in boxes, using to produce this wine grapes from the old Sicilia and Pago de la Boticaria vineyards.
Congratulations on enjoying it.
Our vineyards express themselves
We take care of them under the principle of minimal intervention, recovering traditional methods and respecting the vineyards, because they are naturally self-regulated, without using pesticides, without chemical fertilizers, without altering their natural dynamics. Let the vineyard express itself. Old goblet-pruned garnachas, with productions of less than 1000 kilos per hectare, renewed garnachas obtained from old autochthonous strains, all under the same principle of minimal intervention.
A collective project
Is it possible to create great wines while respecting nature and understanding the symbiotic relationship between the vineyards and the land with minimal intervention?
This question and many others led us to embark on a vital project that was committed to providing answers to these concerns, recovering old vineyards, working a unique land and finally offering wines that could value the effort to preserve nature.
This is our dream, that of our community friends, that of José Ángel and other collaborators, as well as that of a group of researchers, together with the knowledge of the people who have been working all their lives in this peculiar land in which our vineyards grow.
A project led by Pilar Herrero is creating wines that answer these questions and creating great wines we want to share with you.