NOT THE BEST YEAR FOR BEGINNERS

Lots of spring rain causing coulure during flowering (poor fruit setting), then late frosts, various hails storms and a cool summer has made for a difficult year. Luckily in this challenging year we are not beginners in the vineyard.   Veraison began incipiently in the first week

2021 BEGAN WITH HEAVY RAINFALL

  The year 2021 started with abundant rainfall; since the campaign began (we consider 1st October as the start, after the harvest), about 200 litres of water have fallen, in the form of both rain and snow, a figure that falls within the normal range. The winter

VEGETATION

  Every year, after the harvest, Marco carries out an analysis of the soil to detect what deficiencies it has, and to be able to provide for its needs in a natural way. On this occasion, vegetation has been planted in all the lanes of the

INNOVATION IN THE VINEYARD

  The Sanz siblings’ interest in using technology to obtain healthy and balanced grapes, in an environmentally friendly way, has encouraged them to develop an R&D&i project with a 'fumigator' drone.   In this way, and with the participation of the Agrodata company, tests are being carried out

MENADE CONCLUDES ITS MOST SUSTAINABLE HARVEST TO DATE

  50% of the energy used in the winery is self-generated   Bodegas Menade, in Rueda and La Seca, has completed the 2020 harvest with a production of 1.3 million kilos, a figure very similar to previous vintages due to the thorough measures carried out in their ecological

A WARM FEBRUARY AND SNOW IN MARCH

We’re currently in the second phase of ozone treatment: a novel process that we’ve been utilizing now for some 2 years.   We’ve also - in order to clean our soils -had our intercepas on the go. This is basically a high tech weeder with an electro hydraulic

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Controlling yields

With flowering complete, fruit set at Menade culminated in the best of conditions. This is of course also an important time for green harvesting and so the vineyard team have been busy methodically working their way through parcel by parcel in order to ultimately achieve

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New Vintages of Clandestino, Sobrenatural and Adorado

The next few weeks will see the release of new vintages of our Clandestino Tinto (2018), Sobrenatural (2015) together with the second saca of Adorado.   Clandestino Tinto 2018   Made from Tempranillo/aka Tinta de Toro, Clandestino Tinto is natural wine with absolutely zero sulphur is designed for enjoyment

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The positive effects of Ozone

Since last year vineyard manager Marco and his team have been experimenting with how ozone might positively influence budding.   Ozone, also known as trioxygen, is a natural inorganic molecule first created by accident in 1785 and essentially a pale blue gas with a distinctively pungent smell

A FRESH AND RAINY SPRING

Both the vegetative cycle and especially the Spring saw copious rainfall and the summer has seen some spectacular thunderstorms.   Our vineyards therefore now have abundant water reserves, which is most gratifying after last year’s mega drought.   There is of course a downside to this – for example