The Tremp Basin (Conca de Tremp) is the excellence of the geology.
70 million years ago, the sea began to back off from the basin. The deposits shaped muddy landscapes, plenty of vegetation. This is the environment where the last dinosaurs of the Pyrenees lived. All this led, over the years, to ground substrates perfect to grow good wine.
In Pallars, vine-growing and winemaking have always been the main economy, along with cereal farming, almond and olive trees.
Selling oil and wine to the Pyrenees and Arán made people happy. But here too the phylloxera arrived, and it finished the vineyard off.
Conca de Tremp kept suffering several economic problems. The families made different choices, and most of the vineyards became empty.
In this context of weak economy, three unexpected inputs came:
1- CANADIANS. They promoted a project to produce electric energy from waterfalls. This was very important for the territory, and settled the base for the second industrial revolution in Catalonia.
2- THE MECHANISATION OF THE FIELD. The tractor replaced the animal work.
These impacts changed the society and the economy, and the vineyards in Pallars start to produce wine again.
3- The third impact: THE CLIMATE CHANGE. The enologists suggest to lift the vine fields.
The Pallars and its lands are a good place.
So, the first hero appeared, risking everything to set up a new winery for HIGH-ALTITUDE WINES. An example for other wine experts from Catalonia, and an incentive for the rest of the wineries in Pallars. With Designation of Origin Costres de Segre its wines are more and more famous.
Heroes and heroines keep joining this project of making excellent wines, many of them with organic methods. With different grape varieties like Merlot, Syrach, Cabernet Sauvignon and the native Ull de Llebre, Muscat, etc. these wines feel so good as if they were blessed by BACO himself.
Visiting the wineries we discover the wine life, and the cohabitation secrets it keeps with the wood of the barrels or the stone of the ‘cubs’, chipped by hand by the hospitable monks of the XIInd century. Here, geology and enology come together.
Do you want to visit one or two wineries on high altitudes? Walk through the vineyards, touch the leafs, feel the ground and communicate with the wine. Contact us and we’ll set it up.