PHILOSOPHY

 

The birth

of a vital idea

 

 

Castell d’Encus was born out of the concern to find land

that produces fresher wines, but without sacrificing an adequate

phenolic maturity of the grapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The origin of the project is due to the personal impact the area where our vineyard is situated had on Raül Bobet. He was looking for a site in the Pyrenees that could reduce the effects of climatic change.

 

The birth of a project is the mixture of different factors. In the case of Castell d’Encus, the dream, the perception of energy, the finding of something nearly idyllic, the peace… all these are concepts that have been crucial. The winery was born with a clearly experimental vocation and with the aim of obtaining high quality wines.

 

The origin of the project is due to the personal impact the area where our vineyard is situated had on Raül Bobet. He was looking for a site in the Pyrenees that could reduce the effects of climatic change.

 

The birth of a project is the mixture of different factors. In the case of Castell d’Encus, the dream, the perception of energy, the finding of something nearly idyllic, the peace… all these are concepts that have been crucial. The winery was born with a clearly experimental vocation and with the aim of obtaining high quality wines.

 

 

 

PHILOSOPHY

 

The birth

of a vital idea

 

 

Castell d’Encus was born out of the concern to find land that produces fresher wines, but without sacrificing an adequate phenolic maturity of the grapes.

 

The origin of the project is due to the personal impact the area where our vineyard is situated had on Raül Bobet. He was looking for a site in the Pyrenees that could reduce the effects of climatic change.

 

The birth of a project is the mixture of different factors. In the case of Castell d’Encus, the dream, the perception of energy, the finding of something nearly idyllic, the peace… all these are concepts that have been crucial. The winery was born with a clearly experimental vocation and with the aim of obtaining high quality wines.

 

 

 

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AN OPTIMAL LAND

The Terroir

 

Castell d’Encus is located at 800-1230m high, surrounded by woods, and with lot of historic spots around us: Hospitaller Monks stayed here between the 12th and 18th century. The property consists of 120 hectares approx. and 29ha are vineyards, planted in an area of maximum sun exposure, in high density and low production ratios. The varieties we are growing are riesling, albariño, sauvignon blanc, semillon, chardonnay, chenin blanc, pinot noir, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, petit verdot and grenache. We are convinced that the cool climate we find here is the best for their growth.

 

The soils are generally calcareous, of marine origin with the different variants of sandy loam, silt loam, clay loam and loam. These soils, together with continental climate and high temperature contrast between night and day, allows us to obtain high quality wines with great aging potential. Elegance, finesse and complexity are their common denominator.

RESEARCH

What and Why

 

You cannot understand Castell d’Encus without the concept of research. Discovering has been the reason that has brought us where we are, in a of challenge to fit all the variables that can lead us to the style of freshness we seek in our wines, but with complexity and personality.

RESEARCH

Fermenting in stones: tradition, innovation and authenticity

 

One of the singularities of Castell d’Encus is the existence of 9 stone fermenters from the 12th century, manually carved by Hospitaller monks, the first inhabitants of Castilló d’Encús. We currently enjoy their legacy and we use 6 of these medieval stone vats to ferment part of our wines, mixing history and the most modern technology in perfect harmony. Working with wild yeasts is a peculiarity that does not lessen importance from the grapes and results into a wine much more genuine and honest in accordance with our landscape.

RESEARCH

The Projects

 

At Castell d’Encus we firmly believe in research and environmental protection. From our situation, we carry out actions in order to reduce the human impact on the land, the vineyard and the environment, without using herbicides or fungicides. We take advantage of the force of gravity and geothermal energy for certain tasks in the winery. We also actively participate in projects.

 

One of these projects is Castell d’Encus´ Natural Microreserve, which will soon be included in Gratitud Pallars. The aim of this project is to preserve the environment, fauna and flora of Castell d’Encus area. A microreserve is a biodiversity and heritage conservation project, and in our case, it combines excellence in winemaking in a mountain area with environmental protection. At the same time, it wants to be the means to channel new actions to increase biodiversity and create awareness as an example that everyone can get involved in taking care of the Earth.

Our philosophy is that of an organic vineyard, without herbicides, insecticides or fungicides that are not included in organic practices.