Our key aim is that tradition and technology work in unison and that our vines be truly cosseted. We therefore work in tune with the environment, using the many natural resources available, and exercise ‘healthcare’ on the basis of proven, age old practical cultural conditions. At Menade, therefore, we use no chemical treatments opting instead for a natural approach consisting for example of plant-based infusions (nettles, cinnamon…) or whey, which are kinder on the soil, plants and naturally occurring yeasts. In a similar way, the insect population that teams in our soils far from being our enemies are trusted allies that help us ward off pests. When a problem arises therefore – let us take the example of ladybirds and red spiders – we attract the latter by spraying the problem area diluted vanilla, and once they have feasted and done their job we re-spray with a diluted vinegar infusion which persuades them home to chill out in their ‘hotels’: a series of pollination gardens consisting of a profusion of aromatic plants where both insects and lizards co-exist in harmony.
Our vineyard ecosystem also includes a series of mobile trees and bushes whose long term purpose is to teach us which are most beneficial in our many different vineyard parcels so that we can build on our biodiversity; and our polyspecific garden, which is the first thing you see when you come and visit us, now boasting more than 40 species that are native to Castilla y León, hums with life all year long.
All these measures play an important part in our wines, for not only do they taste good but they make you feel good and they are both allergen and histamine free.
Our labelling announces that we are ecological and organic but it’s nice that we’re truly green and natural into the bargain.