I remember each and every vintage in the vineyards right from when we started to work the land organically. The problems had been hidden behind the conventional farming methods and only started to manifest themselves once we made the change and then they all filed out one after the other.
Year after year, the weak spots stood out in our vineyard to remind us that we were not doing a good job. I get goose bumps when I think about all the grapes I lost along the way, but when I walk through the vineyard and see, smell, touch and taste and listen to the balance which is in the process of being restored, then I forget all the headaches.
This is because balance is learnt by using our six senses.
AAnd while this natural restoration process continues, this search for organic laws, we will continue to make new friends, find new ideas, learn new things good and bad, discover new sounds, paths, passions, smells…and we will become enriched by sensations which we will try to transmit through our wines: Venus and Dido.
BBecause one day you too will be able to hear the starlings beating their wings, you will smell the grapes of ripe Garnatxa (Grenache), feel the texture of the "sauló" (decomposed granite) particles in our vineyards and if you close your eyes, you will be transported to this corner of Montsant through a glass of our wine.
We are. We are – the ones who live at Venus, the ones who work at Martinet and Mogador, in the Vinya del Vuit in Gratallops Partida Bellvisos. We see the vineyard as being key to sustainability. We are the ones who imagine our wines, the ones who get passionate about each and every vintage, with each wine we bottle and each bottle we open…
We understand life from a special perspective and we live according to three premises: we should be taking care of our environment and the people who live in it and we must be fair at all times.
We would like to know what you think about our project and our wines. We would like you to ask us more about each and every sensation you experience with our wines…
If you wish, you can contact us at: email@example.com
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Grape Growers5 grape growing families participate in La Universal project as well as us. They work their own vineyards and are committed to sustainability and their grapes are used for Venus and/or Dido, depending on the quality of each vineyard plot.
These people are: Josep Vaqué, Lluís Miró, Miquel Compte, Pep and Josep Martori and the Pi family (Jordi & Pere).
Marc Borja oversees every aspect of the day to day transformation of our grapes as they are fermented, aged and finally become the wines of Venus and Dido. He is in charge of the grapes as they come into the winery. He chooses the best ones and he weighs them and keeps an eye on them as they ferment. He carries out pump overs, he aerates the must and he presses the skins at the end. He then descends into the depths of the barrel room to empty, fill and re-fill, moving the wine upstairs and downstairs as it is needed.
He keeps a careful eye out as the wines slowly come of age and gently awakens them from their deep sleep once they are ready.
And then he bottles them!
Of course he doesn’t do all this alone! The whole team keeps coming and going, carrying out tasks as they are required. You can contact him via the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Number Cruncher
Montse Domènech is in charge of everything which we do badly: book keeping, banks, tax returns…and other headaches!
You can contact her via: email@example.com
The “Jack of all trades”
Gemma Marco is the one who answers enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will contact Gemma whenever you ask us where you can find our wines, when you can come to visit us, if you need any other information, whenever you want to buy special vintages or if you want to find a news article or whenever you are planning a tasting of our wines.
Magí is the one who answers enquiries to: email@example.com, and you ask us where you can find our wines or whenever you wish to visit us.
He usually spends his time travelling around the world telling people about Venus and Dido, either at wine fairs or during a visit to our winery from an importer. And on occasion he can be found explaining our project to visitors to the winery.