The land as history
Keepers of the remains of collective human wisdom, the monks sagely located their monastery in the XII century near running water, near farmland for sustenance, and with the surrounding meager shrubland, they planted grapevines for the wine their ritualistic liturgy demanded and as pleasurable, healthful beverage that accompanied their meals. In concentric circles around the monastery, towns arose, also near water, also scratching the harsh and arid land for whatever nourishment they could farm, seeing that what grew best in that parched pale clay were olive trees, almond trees, hazelnuts and, of course, grape vines.
The land as family
And in ever expanding circles around the towns, individual farmhouses sprouted, gaining toeholds in increasingly difficult slopes, their occupants carving small terraces into the infertile hillsides, upheld and delineated by back-breaking stone walls that slowly changed the landscaped. These families succeeded on this barren land, just like the olive, almond and grape. Generation after generation, til today, making the most of what little this land can give. One of these families belongs to Albert Domingo. The law of the land dictated that Albert’s grandfather, as a younger brother of the family, was not to receive any of his family’s land. But he worked hard to buy nearby parcels, eventually collecting the lands surrounding what is Mas Tuets today. Connection to the history of this land, to the tradition of his family, to the fruit of his earth, is what keeps Albert Domingo grounded, centered on the well-being of his vineyards.
The land as vineyard
Small plots of land, terraced into the hills, surrounded by bristling pine, spiny shrubs, and garrigue aromas. Albert practises clean, organic farming. He tends the plants as an extension of himself, healthy living in a rugged exterior.
Albert grows macabeu and parellada, grapes indigenous to the area, grapes that have always been here. And surprisingly, he is able to offer chenin blanc and syrah, grape varieties not usually associated with this territory.