Tècniques de confusió sexual / Sexual confussion techniques

La confusió sexual és una tècnica biològica per al control de plagues, en el nostre cas, concretament per al cuc del raïm (Lobesia botrana). Són eines modernes i totalment respectuoses amb el medi ambient i amb la viticultura. A través d’aquests difusors, es crea un núvol de feromones femenines, que provoquen la desorientació dels mascles, impedint el seu aparellament amb les femelles, evitant així la còpula i la posterior posada d’ous.

El raïm és un fruit d’allò més apetible, tant per a nosaltres com per a altres insectes i animals, per això és vital cuidar i protegir la vinya, per a mantenir els seus fruits en perfecte estat. I pensem que sempre serà millor confondre’ls a haver d’acabar amb ells amb altres productes químics poc saludables. Per als cellers de viticultura ecològica, com és el nostre cas, és molt important compaginar tècniques que protegeixin les vinyes amb la cura a les altres formes de biodiversitat, per això des de fa més de 20 anys duem a terme pràctiques que són respectuoses amb el medi ambient.

Al final tot es tracta de cuidar-nos: el que respira la planta, ho respirarem o beurem també nosaltres. Necessitem de la vinya i hem de respectar els seus cicles naturals, així si cuidem la naturalesa, ella cuidarà de nosaltres.

La confusión sexual es una técnica biológica para el control de plagas, en nuestro caso,  concretamente para la Polilla del racimo (Lobesia botrana). Son herramientas modernas y totalmente respetuosas con el medio ambiente y con la viticultura. A través de estos difusores, se crea una nube de feromonas femeninas, que provocan la desorientación de los machos, impidiendo su apareamiento con las hembras, evitando así la cópula y la posterior puesta de huevos.

La uva es un fruto de lo más apetecible, tanto para nosotros como para otros insectos y animales, por ello es vital cuidar y proteger la viña, para mantener sus frutos en perfecto estado. Y pensamos que siempre será mejor confundirlos a tener que acabar con ellos con otros productos químicos poco saludables. Para las bodegas de viticultura ecológica, como es nuestro caso, es muy importante compaginar técnicas que protejan las viñas con el cuidado a las demás formas de biodiversidad, por eso desde hace más de 20 años llevamos a cabo prácticas que son respetuosas con el medio ambiente.

Al final todo se trata de cuidarnos: lo que respira la planta, lo respiraremos o beberemos también nosotros. Necesitamos de la viña y debemos respetar sus ciclos naturales, así si cuidamos la naturaleza, ella cuidará de nosotros.

Sexual confusion is a biological technique for pest control, in our case for the European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana). They are modern tools, totally respectful with the environment and with viticulture. Through these diffusers, a cloud of female pheromones is created, which causes disorientation of the males, preventing their mating with the females, thus avoiding copulation and the subsequent laying of eggs.

The grape is a very appetizing fruit, both for us and for other insects and animals, so it is vital to care and protect vineyards, for keeping the fruits in perfect conditions. We think that always will be better to confuse than to have to exterminate, with other unhealthy chemicals. For organic viticulture wineries, as is our case, it is very important to combine techniques that protect vines with the care to other forms of biodiversity, that’s why for more than 20 years we have been carrying out practices that are respectful with the environment .

In the end, it’s all about taking care of ourselves: what the plant breathes, we will breathe or drink too. We need the vineyard and we must respect its natural cycles, so if we take care of nature, it will take care of us.

New Torelló white wine, a tribute to the oldest family country farm

From Mas de la Torrevella, located on a hill on our Can Martí Estate in Gelida, at the foot of the Ordal Mountains, one can see the impressive winegrowing region of Penedès. Today, the mas is the agricultural centre of Torelló Viticultors cellar. From these vines now a new wine is born, fresh and fruity, ideal for welcome the good weather.

In fact, the oldest document we possess of the history of our family (dated on 17th June 1395) refers to the emphyteusis (hereditary lease) established by the Lord of Gelida over Mas de Torrevella, the current location of the Can Martí Estate and its country houses, in favour of the Torelló’s family ancestor by direct lineage, Jaume Miquel. Thus, is referred in the document:  with “all its houses, buildings, fields, vineyards, lands, woods, allotments, honours and other possessions belonging to the Mas or which will pertain to it in the future, whatever they may be.”

Mas de la Torrevella wine is made following Torelló compromises: Its own vineyards organic cultivation, harvesting by hand and vinification on the property. These principles define all its

still wines, gathered under the DO Penedès, and its sparkling wines, under the quality brand Corpinnat.

Tasting notes

DO Penedès, subzone Ordal Mountains. Clay-calcareous soils.

Vintage: 2018.

Varieties: organic Chardonnay from the Tuta Vineyard on Can Martí Estate. Grapes harvested by hand, in 25 kg boxes, on 22nd and 23rd August 2018.

Vinification: In stainless steel tanks at low temperature. Bottleled on 12th April 2019. Production: 5.003 bottles

Vol: 12%.

Clean greeny-yellow colour. Intense aroma of mature tropical and exotic fruit, which in evolution citric notes appear. In the mouth it has a pleasant entrance, good acidity, fleshy with sweet notes, confirming the delicate tropical fruit notes and mature white fruit also appears.

Pairing: Its versatility enriches from rices and fideuà (seafood dish based on short noodles) to white meats, tempuras, fish and shellfish.

Serving temperature: 8º C to 10º C