When in Girona, you need to take some time to taste the wine. The vineyards are located less than hour outside the city and Spain produces some of the best wine in Europe.
The vineyard I visited was called Terra Romota, which means remote land – and it really is remote. Unless you knew it was there, you wouldn’t find this little vineyard. The first vines were planted in 1999 and already their wines have earned a reputation of being top-notch and gold medals.
I was lucky enough to come during harvest season so I could see how things worked before tasting the vintages. Everything about this vineyard was created with sustainability and eco-friendliness in mind. The building itself is built into a hill and designed to integrate with its surrounding. The overhangs create shade for the workers and the production takes place from top to bottom using gravity to move the grapes from one stage to the next.
Currently their grapes ferment in either oak barrels or stainless steel vats. However, the winemaker just purchased a clay vat (it looked like a giant egg) and was going to experiment with wines aged in it similar to the way ancient Greeks aged their grapes. I think I may need to come back to see how that vintage turns out. I haven’t seen wine produced that way before.
Family owned by Marc and Emma Bournazeau, the vineyard only produces a limited amount of wines with the motto that quality is better than quantity.
It’s definitely worth a visit.