Terra Remota

Caminito 2021

D.O. Empordà, Catalunya, Spain

100% Black Grenache | 13.5% ABV


A classy and food-friendly organic rosé from black garnatcha grapes grown in the granitic terroir of the Alt Empordà region of Catalonia, Spain. Only 5500 bottles are produced a year, so this is a special treat to be savoured by those who are able to secure some. Terra Remota, meaning remote land, is one of our flagship wine estates. And with good reason. Every single bottle is exquisite.

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Elegant pale pink colour, bright and very attractive to the eye. Fresh and fruity nose, with notes of currants, strawberries, pomegranate, and a touch of roses. Delicately elegant, with the power of Empordà’s Grenache, on palate is soft, savoury, unctuous and round, with a mineral touch and slightly salty at the end.

Serve chilled. An ideal wine to match marine dishes such as seafood paella or Galician-style octopus, thanks to its good acidity and that tannic point of the variety. It is also ideal for appetisers, together with a beef carpaccio, or a fresh salad of summer tomatoes, basil and burrata.

We spent a day with owner and winemaker Marc Bournazeau (and a number of his cats and dogs!). He is stylish and design oriented - which is evident as soon as you see the winery that he constructed with his wife, with the help of leading Spanish architect and friend of the family Pepe Cortés.

Marc takes great pride in his work and his land. In terms of his wine-making philosophy, here's how he explains it:

"The vineyards are grouped around the winery, which houses the equipment for making the different wines. This means that the harvested grapes can be brought in very quickly. The main criteria governing the winery’s organisation can be resumed in three concepts: quality, respect for the raw materials and identity.

Obtaining wines of high quality is our primary objective. It is for this reason that the owners try to isolate grapes of quality as far as possible during the entire process, from the vine to the ageing of the wines.

Moreover, we believe that the greater the quality of the raw material, the lower the need for intervention at the level of the winemaking and ageing process. We try to reduce to a minimum any interventions that may harm the grapes, in order to respect the original quality of the fruit.

In short, our philosophy is to bring personalised service into the making of each of our wines. Given that the factors playing a role in the development of a wine are numerous (grape type, soil, climate, fermentation time, ageing, etc.), we conceive the winemaking for each wine as a unique process that cannot be systematically repeated. In short, in view of the complexity of the respective viticultural and oenological tasks, we work on “individualism” in each phase of wine production, taking into account the unique specifications of each one of our wines."

We would summarise Marc as an experimental perfectionist (with a very accommodating wife who keeps asking him to reduce not expand the line-up!). And Marc is charming too. We look forward to visiting him and his family again soon, and to their next visit to London.

The Terra Remota winery was founded in 1999, when the Bournazeau Florensa family acquired 15 hectares of virgin land occupied by oaks, cork oak, pine. This has now evolved into a property covering 54 hectares, half of which are used for growing vines, located in the far northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, in the Alt Empordà region, in Girona province, and falling within the DO Empordà.

Situated on the outskirts of the villages of Capmany and Sant Climent Sescebes, at the heart of a forested area, the estate is protected from the northern tramuntana wind by the Albera Massif. It lies some 15 km from the Mediterranean sea, at a height of 140 metres above sea level and has soils that are markedly granitic in nature. This is a solitary, captivating spot that appears to be far removed from the rest of the world, and this explains the name that Terra Remota has given to its project.

Paradoxically, despite the remoteness of the location, this area has been occupied by human communities since ancient times. Thus, remains of settlements belonging to the Iberian culture have been documented in the region, which goes to prove the long history of the human presence in this territory. In recognition of this, for its logo, Terra Remota has used two symbols attributed to these ancient communities, engraved on blocks of granite.

From its birth, the Terra Remota winery has displayed a marked sensitivity towards the territory on which it stands, and coherence in the way it is integrated into the surrounding natural landscape. All this constitutes the backbone of Terra Remota’s philosophy and influences its actions in every sense.

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Terra Remota (which is partnered with the Adalta vineyard) is a visionary winery project. Winemaker and owners Marc and Emma have created something special in the granitic soils of the Pyrannean foothills, with beautifully designed architecture of the winery, built sympathetically into the landscape. The vineyard has organic certification since 2012 and organic practice over its initial 15 hectares since inception, while the Adalta plots are undergoing organic conversion now. Marc uses gravity throughout the winery, and rainwater harvesting from the winery roof which covers the additional watering required in the hot summers of Girona.

Rosé | Still | 75cl | 13.5% ABV | Contains Sulphites

Annual Production: 5,500 bottles

Cellaring: Ready to drink now

Vinification: Organic agriculture is the main vineyard management for the grapes that originate this wine. Granitic soil, of great depth and medium fertility, gives the ideal conditions for its development. Native species and effect of the north wind (tramontana), set the unique characteristics of this estate. The harvest was carried out manually at the end of August, in a season characterised by beginning later and of excellent sanitary conditions at harvest time.

To respect its delicate aromatic profile, the freshly harvested grapes are kept in a cold room for 24 hours before being carefully processed and pressed. Once the must has been clarified, it is previously fermented in stainless steel tanks under strict temperature control.

Halfway through fermentation, 50% of the volume goes to barrels. Therefore, the 6-month ageing of Caminito is carried out both in stainless steel tanks, which protects its freshness, and in barrels, where through batonnage of its fine lees, a greater balance, character, and elegance are achieved.

Vineyard last visited by Wine&Earth's co-founders Martin & Toby in Autumn 2021

  • Organic - Independently Certified
  • Vegan - Practising (Uncertified)

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