As part of their wider sustainability agenda, Torres have also placed a strong emphasis on the use of biological methods and the elimination of any products which harm the environment.
When the family planted the Mas La Plana vineyard over 60 years ago, they had already pre-determined that they would not use herbicides and pesticides on the 29-hectare plot in the Penedés. From very early on, the family understood that taking care of the balance of nature, would be reflected in the quality of the finished wine. Since then, they have established the Torres and Earth programme which seeks to understand how to viticulture will adapt to a changing climate.
In addition to the removal of pesticides, Torres also sought to increase the vineyards biodiversity to create a healthier and more natural environment. Minimum intervention in the Mas La Plana vineyard, which sits between two rivers and minimum intervention in has actively encouraged wildlife, which in turn has created better conditions for the vineyard. Sheep that now graze the land reduce the level of vegetation, and improve the soils by adding natural compost, while cover crops, which preserve the soil help to improve the quality of grapes. These crops provide a habitat for insects, such as ladybirds, which feed off the grapevine month pest, naturally reducing the population and reducing the need for pesticides.
Grass planted between the rows of vines also creates a vast natural carpet that provides several benefits, including a reduction in soil erosion, increased levels of organic matter, improved soil biodiversity, and a reduction in the number of weeds. At the same time, it reduces plant vigour, which results in more concentrated and better-quality grapes.
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