La Marina Alta

Bodegas Les Freses. VÍ Vid Visits and Reports from Jesus Pobre

Les Freses sits under the mountain of Montgo, overlooking the sea. During the night the humidity levels are immense and in the morning the vineyards and the vines are bathed in moisture which is retained in the soils. During the afternoon the breezes dry them out again keeping them healthy and free from mildew. Historically winemaking has been carbon dated to 7 centuries before Christ in the nearby archeological site of L`Alt de Benimaquia, one of the first Iberian peoples settlements and []

VÍ Vid visits Bodega Joan de La Casa, DO Alicante.

There is a significant trend in winemaking, particularly amongst small wine-makers to avoid using chemicals in the process, including even sulphites. Only natural products are considered acceptable such as manuring the land by allowing local shepherds to let their sheep pass through the vineyards and  the use of crops grown between the vines which act as a green manure.  There is a total respect for the land and the natural flora and fauna, the environment as a whole and much of the []