Our vineyards are the key to our wine. More decisions are made out in the field than in the cellar.
So the quality, and success, of our wine depends on healthy, happy grape vines.
Hillsides cradled by a sea breeze
Located about halfway up the Catalan Coastal Range--the altitude of the vineyards ranges from 550 to 600 meters (1,800-2,000 feet)--the vines are on a gently-angled, flat, wide slope facing south by southwest.
The climate is typical Mediterranean: temperate winters and hot summers. Even though the vineyards are located fairly high in altitude, the estate experiences a temperature inversion in the summer, resulting in a hot and dry mesoclimate. Luckily, a cooling, humid sea breeze, the marinada, comes in from the Mediterranean Sea, 40 kilometers distant (25 miles). Thus, our grapes receive plenty of sun to mature slowly without overexposure to heat.
Enveloped by pine trees and shrubland
This is a harsh and arid land. Rainfall is only between 400 to 500 mm per year (14-20 inches). A mix of limestone and clay, with plenty of limestone rocks, the topsoil is fairly light-colored, almost an off-white in some places.
The Gaià creek nearby is the reason why the Romans started to cultivate this land many centuries ago. Since then, the land has been tilled with drought-resistant crops capable of surviving with little rain: olive, almond, and, of course, grape vines.
Wild plants surround the vineyards: spiny shrubs and tough bunchgrasses, tall Aleppo pine trees and aromatic dill, brightly-colored Spanish broom and thorny Kermes oak bushes. Our estate consists of 117 hectares (289 acres), of which 81 hectares (200 acres) are forested, and of these, 50 hectares (60%) are designated part of Natura 2000, a European Union network of what are considered the best wildlife habitats to protect. Our indigenous yeasts come from all this encircling flora, truly leading to a sense of place, our terroir.
Over the centuries, traditional farming could be described as dry farming and organic. After a decade-long blip of of chemical use by his father, Albert Domingo has returned to the methods of his grandfather. Since the 80’s, the vineyards have been farmed sustainably and organically.
Each wine is own varietal
What does this mean to us? Constant contact with the plants to know their state of health, the use of permitted copper and sulfur when needed, dry farming, minimum plowing, spontaneous cover crop of grasses, herbs and wildflowers below the vines, much as my great-grandfather would have.
Tuets Vi Natural makes single-variety natural wines from our own grapes: parellada, white garnacha (grenache), chenin blanc and syrah. We also grow macabeu (viura), muscat of Alexandria, and ull de llebre (tempranillo) which we sell or dream about making future varietal wines.