The morning of the 25th we took the car to see our dear friends at Parés Baltà. Their white winery building is sticking up like a little pieces of heaven in the middle of the vine yards when we come driving.
Like many times before we take the big Toyota together with Barbara up to the high vine yards in the mountains. It looks the same although he roads are a bit more eroded and the road going up to the bees looks more like an dried up riverbed than a road. What is new though is the smell... the national park where the vines are situated are full with the sent of a flower that I recognize so well from the honey collected by the bees, and that I have long loved so much! It is like the air is standing still and that we are standing in the middle of a perfect cloud of flower scent and I just don't want to leave. But after Andreas is done taking the pictures by the waterfall, I have to put my shoes back and get back up out of the clear water in which I have been standing.
The vine yards up here are beautiful, and the Parellada has still not been picked so we can taste the grapes before we drive back to meet up with Joan and have lunch.
We have lunch at Cal Xim, where we have never been before and would never have found without help. A fantastic lunch with great company and we get the background of how Parés Baltà has gone from ecological farming to biodynamic. From this harvest all the wines and cavas coming from the winery are biodynamic, and there is a lot of work behind this including work with herbs, animals and bugs and compost to make the biodiversity wider in the vine yards, which will make the vines stronger.
Me and Andréas have a lot to learn in this area, but one thing is clear. Barés Baltà makes wonderful Cavas and wine and we are so happy that we can find some of them in Sweden. Here you can find a list of what the monopoly has to offer.
Thank you so much Barbara and Joan of a wonderful visit once again!