As the name implies, the site of this winery, Terra Remota (Remote Land) is isolated and secluded, feeling even more so since the devastating fires that destroyed much of this region recently - leaving a path of charcoaled lifelessness in its wake.
Thankfully Terra Remota was, for the most part, unharmed with only a small plot of vines damaged but learning more about the history behind the Spanish winery it is terrifying to think not only about the possible destruction of the building but also of everything it stands for.
The land here symbolizes more than just wine production, for the family it stands for identity. Terra Remota winery is owned by Marc and Emma Bournazeau. Emma’s grandfather was a man from Catalonia that, after the Spanish Civil war, escaped to France to live in Perpingan. For the family, Terra Remota represents a return from exile and to the land of origin, reclaiming the lost identity of a family.
The first thing you notice when driving up to Terra Remota is the extraordinary raw concrete “bodega”, which is designed by the Spanish architects Pépe Cortés & Nacho Ferrer and is made up of “Three shoeboxes” nestled into the hillside with the intention of integrating the building into the surrounding landscape - respect for the natural environment is a reoccurring theme here at Terra Remota. The three levels of the structure reflect the three stages the grapes go through from sorting at the top level to bottling, ageing and tasting on the bottom floor, respecting the principle of gravity. Every process inside this building is designed to treat the grapes with utmost respect and care.
The key principle at this winery is to avoid excessive manipulation of the original quality of the grape - convinced that the better the raw material the less need for interference. The idea is that each wine is different and must be treated as such. The wines “Caminante”, (white) “Caminito” (rosé) and “Camino” (red) are named in homage to Machado’s poem. They are the product of respect and perseverance from the team.
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