Bodegas Sumarroca, Spain
Originally an agronomist, selling small fruit trees around the world, a conversation with the Marques de Monistrol about the low prices paid to growers and lack of emphasis on quality, led to a gentleman’s agreement there and then to purchase the 500 hectare estate. He went about a process of removal of non-indigenous varieties from the estate, and a focus on planting native varietals, with a view never to compete with the large volume wineries, but instead to work with a focus on high-quality production and environmental management. Practicing sustainable viticulture, they are also certified by the internationally recognised Biosphere Sustainable certificate, supported by UNESCO, and strive to work with as little impact on the local ecology, and in ways to support the local economy. This includes the repopulation of native fauna on the farm, the installation of hives and protected areas for bats, as well as investment in efforts to eliminate the use of fossil fuels for energy. If that wasn’t enough they make sublime Cavas, continue to impress with their innovation, and embody the philosophy of passion for the land.
Sumarroca is one of the only family, state fruit & organic growers in the cava region. Producing only cavas that deserve the Reserva and Gran Reserva designations.
Traditional sparkling wine methods are used, utislising a gravity flow system to move the wine around the winery without the need for pumps.
- Sumarroca work sustainably in the fields, harvest at night and only use free run juice.
- Environmentally friendly vine growing, with wooded areas being recovered on the estates to increase the biodiversity.
- The winery is terraced on the hillside so that all movement of wine is by gravity.