Artisans of the land

100% Organic, biodynamic agriculture

A great wine is one that reflects its land of origin. This is the reason why we practise dry farming, apply the principles of biodynamic agriculture, and cultivate our vineyards without herbicides or insecticides, using only elements of natural origin.

Biodynamic agriculture is a cultivation system aimed at achieving a balanced ecosystem and fostering biodiversity in the vineyard.

Biodynamic agriculture, which focuses on the biological dimension of farming, is an approach that enables us to produce highly expressive sparkling wines with great ageing potential. And, most importantly, it lets us do this in a way that respects the landscape where our wines originate.

Recaredo is the first producer in the wine region of Penedès to obtain Demeter's international certification for biodynamic viticulture.

Natural treatments

A respectful partnership between man and nature

Medicinal plants among the vines

In line with our unique commitment to work in a way that respects the land so we can harvest fruit that’s natural, expressive and rich in nuances, we use plant extracts – made mainly from horsetail, nettles and chamomile – to treat our grapevines.

Infusions, decoctions and macerations of these medicinal plants are applied to control the presence of mould and strengthen the vine’s natural defences.

Nature as an ally

Biodiversity and balanced ecosystems

Cover crops in the vineyard

In our vineyards we let vegetation cover grow spontaneously between the vines. This plant cover plays a crucial role, loosening the soil, regulating water retention and drainage (very important in the dry farming system we practise), and fostering biodiversity the vineyard ecosystem. The cover is also a perfect ally in our efforts to prevent soil erosion.

The essence of traditional farming

Closing nature's cycles

The importance of legumes

In fallow vineyards we plant sainfoin for livestock fodder and a local chickpea variety known as Cigronet de l’Anoia, two legume species that contribute a great deal to restoring soil fertility.

The legumes have the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen in the soil and transform it into nutrients that are available to the vines. By respecting the natural nitrogen cycle we’re able to avoid using chemical fertilisers. As we strive to work with nature’s cycles, we feel we’re getting back to the essence of traditional farming.

Sensitive crystallisation

Luminous, balanced wines

Committed to continuous research

Our commitment to research complements the way we learn over time and reflects Recaredo’s history. In recent years we’ve started using a technique known as sensitive crystallisation to assess the vital quality of our wines and predict how they’re likely to evolve.

Tests carried out using this technique produce pure crystals that are structured in a very precise way and

indicate balances or imbalances in the wine samples examined.

Given the value of this kind of information to our ongoing efforts to improve our wines, we started to make regular use of the technique in 2011. Sensitive crystallisation is a way to check whether Recaredo’s cultural practices are achieving the goal that defines our true vocation: to reflect the landscape in the wines we make.