Celler Batlle: Sustainability
and biodynamic winemaking

Winery

CELLER BATLLE

The family built its first winery, Celler Batlle, in 1881, and was to make wine there for 120 years.  Gramona “reinvented itself” in 2001, with the construction of a new winery, where it has since been exploring various eco-sustainable development-related themes.  The family’s first step was to design and build a winery respecting the norms of bioclimatic architecture, ensuring that it integrated harmoniously within the landscape.  Most of the building sits 8 metres underground, providing the winery with thermal insulation along with the associated savings in energy consumption.

Since then, the project has continued with the incorporation of a purifier for treatment and recycling of our wastewater, as well as the harnessing of renewable energies such as geothermal power – carried out with the support of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili – in addition to the use of solar energy.

In 2014 we carried out a solar photovoltaic installation at Celler Batlle with which we have reduced our electricity consumption by 15%. Shortly afterwards, we replaced the traditional lighting for the latest generation LED system, which allows us to save 6% of energy per year.

Each step towards sustainability is fundamental. The fifth generation of Gramona has started the way waiting for the next generation, already incorporated, to continue in the same direction.

EUROPEAN EMAS REGISTER
Eco-Management and Audit Scheme

Gramona consolidates its commitment to sustainability by its inclusion on the European EMAS Register, granted for the first time in Spain. This environmental management system is available to any organisation that intends to assume environmental and economic responsibility, improve its environmental behaviour and publicly declare its annual environmental results, providing an example of good practices.

 

WINERIES FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION

In 2018, Gramona has also obtained, from the Spanish Wine Federation (FEV), a certification report on its sustainability indicators together with the reduction plans established by the WfCP (Wineries for Climate Protection) protocol. This is the first and only certification specific to the wine sector with regard to environmental sustainability, and whose protocol sets out a plan to reduce the consumption of water, energy, CO2 emissions and residues.

 

BIODYNAMIC WINEMAKING

Once the grapes are picked, the process of winemaking in Celler Batlle begins.  At Gramona we assume responsibility for each and every step involved in the winemaking process, from the vine to the bottle.  The grapes are picked by hand, go onto a sorting belt, are transferred by gravity, and pressed whole bunches.

At Gramona, not only do we respect the principles of biodynamics in the vineyards, but we do in the winery too. Biodynamic winemaking is not about applying specific preparations, as it is in the vineyards, but is about reducing or disallowing the use of certain oenological products, such as enzymes. This is why we press the grapes whole, which gives us much cleaner musts that do not require any filtering; we do not use commercial yeasts, because the fermentation should start spontaneously (with the exception of sparkling wines, where you have to add yeasts to bring on the second fermentation); and we have reduced the use of sulphur to the minimum.

It is worth mentioning that, even before adopting biodynamics, Gramona’s philosophy in the winery has always been based on respect for the wine and, therefore, based on as little intervention in the winemaking process as possible.