Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Mas Martinet - constant innovators

Posted by Julian Campbell, Buyer
A couple of photos just received from Mas Martinet where experimentation rules and they are never happy to  rest on their laurels. In constantly striving to make ever more elegant wines, one of the greatest difficulties in Priorat is the often searing heat. One method of countering this is to use hay between the rows. Having stuck my own hand into the soil below the hay I can confirm this basic method does indeed work - the soil is noticeably cooler below the hay than exposed. It may be old school low-tech but it is certainly effective! Note also the peculiar vine training circles which help to provide greater shade for the grapes. And their very friendly winery dogs....

The Clos Martinet Vineyard