In 2001 we decided to purchase our very own vineyard in the Roussillon region of France, in the heart of the Agly Valley, South of France. Our vineyard spreads across 6 hectares (about 15 acres). The isolated location of the vines between forest and steep rocky hills allows us to work in « partnership » with the surrounding countryside. Each plot is fenced to protect our crops from wild boar and deer. Year after year, flora and fauna is increasing in biodiversity.
We do not use chemical fertilizers, weed killers, pesticides or any other synthetic molecule. Weeding is done manually, the pruning is adapted to each individual vine tree and we plough only once a year, in winter. Our main focus is to help the vines find their own balance between what they produce and the ground supporting them. We only harvest in the cool of the morning in small crates. The grapes are handpicked when they reach their utmost gustatory and phenolic maturity. We sort them in the vineyard before taking them to the cellar to stay at a low temperatures overnight.
All wines are named after the land registry except Maquis . We are part of the Vinnatur Association.
Being producers of VinNatur natural wine is a choice, not an obligation.
CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMING
“Apart from my own labels GILDA and RAIZ, I have COZs, a partnership between Tiago Teles (Gilda, RAIZ) and Antonio Marques-da Cruz (Quinta da Serradinha). The idea of working together started in 2015 when we approached the family of the late Jose Mendonça about working their vineyard in Figueira da Foz, a village north of Lisbon. This place was the main source of the grapes of Quinta dos Cozinheiros, the producer of a wine that become a reference point for the new generation of winemakers in Portugal, and which unfortunately came to an end with the tragic and untimely death of Mendonça. This vineyard, located just 5 miles from the Atlantic, proved ideal for our ideas and wines. Its 50 year old vines of Baga and slightly younger vines of Maria Gomes and Arinto are co-planted on clay-limestone soils and farmed organically. The proximity to the coast keeps the heat at bay and the grapes find great balance between ripeness and minerality. Spurred by this first experience, we did purchased a 3-hectare vineyard in the Serra de Montejunto, a mountain range also in the region of Lisbon. This 35 year-old vineyard is planted on clay-limestone soils with Vital, a white varietal. Here too the farming is organic.
We try to make straightforward wines, without filters or adjustments, rather elegant and conceptual wines. In the Cellar we opted for techniques and materials that do not distort the wine, vilifications respecting the grape, conducted with indigenous yeasts, no enzymes, acidification, filtering or clarification. Quality and local adaptation to succeed an authentic profile are important. And the style is in some way a different and natural interpretation of the place.“