|"QUINTA SAN DIEGO" ESTATE|
|BELONDRADE's vineyard is located in the town of La Seca, on the top of the Castillian plateau (750 MAMSL) and just a few kilometers from the Duero Rivers as it runs through Tordesillas. The climate is continental, with little precipitation (between 300 and 500 mm per year), and is characterized by long, cold winters and short, warm summers, with a wide temperature range between daytime and night-time.
BELONDRADE has 40 hectares of vineyards of its own, divided into 23 plots of differing sizes. This mosaic of plots provides very different musts according to the type of soil in each plot, its orientation, age, its planting pattern or clones.
The soils on the plateau date from the Cenozoic Era (or Tertiary); they have formed around 60 million years ago and are characterized by their low content of organic matter. They are primarily made of a layer of pebbles around 10 to 60 centimeters thick, a layer of clay subsoil and a deep layer of limestone. In each of the plots, there is a mix of variable percentages of pebbles, sand, clay, and limestone (this latter case in lower proportion) which gives each of the musts a personality and style of its own.
The planting pattern ranges from 1,100 to 3,300 plants per hectare, with an average yield of 30 to 35 hectolitres per hectare. Quinta San Diego owns 100% percent of its vineyard, with a mean age of 25 years.
BELONDRADE is a fierce defender of sustainable and environmentally respectful viticulture, praising and practicing organic viticulture which uses neither herbicides nor pesticides. This encourages the existing biodiversity in our vineyard and draws closer to the most natural, authentic expression of our "terroir".
The work in the vineyards is carried out according to the needs of each plot, and always at the ideal time as marked by the vines.
In this way, we interact with each of them to maximize the effect of this work, while minimizing possible damage or collateral effects. The prime goal of each task is the same: to yield a high-quality grape that reflects the essence of each plot of land.
PLOUGHING: Soil aeration (oxygen supply to ensure that the microorganisms and root system develop properly), eliminating weeds, limiting the damage from spring frosts and improving the capture and use of rainfall.
PRUNING: A relatively long, late pruning is undertaken to inhibit the growth of the buds and prevent possible damage from late frost and hail.
SUMMER PRUNING: A summer pruning is usually done to choose the formation of future bunches and foster aeration.
GREEN HARVESTING: With the goal of ensuring more homogenous ripening and exerting greater control over the output.