Conscious of the area’s rich inherited tradition, we have incorporated the wisdom of the land’s former occupants into every detail, from the Roman springs and ancient Arab-tiled drains which enable a sustainable water collection system, to the five-yearly pruning of the oak groves which provide a buffer from changes in temperature and retain the moisture in the vines. This represents a way doing things which is unlike anything you will have read in environmentalism handbooks. It is a real commitment to everything this type of practice entails when applied to the long, painstaking work of cultivating the vine. We shun the use of pesticides or chemicals in the vineyards and, even for the estate's other crops, we use seeds extracted from the fruit the earth has given us, ensuring the purity of the entire process.
They say that variety is the spice of life and at La Melonera variety is the rule. Vines grow on pastureland, planes and terraces, with textures which include clay soils, loamy sand as well as some predominantly limestone plots. We use different types of double training, creating root competition between the vines, as well as rings which contain the vines and give them greater leaf surface area. Then there are differences in the altitude of the terrain which accentuates the area's already wide humidity and temperature variations. The wealth of nuances and options available to us when it comes to making the wine ensures that originality and excellence are reflected in the final bottle.

Image: Encina del Inglés