The project of the couple Marc and Emma Bournazeau is in a way a closing of the circle opened when Emma’s Catalan grandfather, whose surname was Florensa, emigrated to Perpiñán after the Spanish Civil War.
The project of the couple Marc and Emma Bournazeau is in a way a closing of the circle opened when Emma’s Catalan grandfather, whose surname was Florensa, emigrated to Perpiñán after the Spanish Civil War. Marc Bournazeau celebrated the arrival of the new millennium by changing his professional field that of a notary public to the world of wines, leading two projects in Rosellón and Chile. He headed down to what he called South Catalonia with the idea perhaps purchasing some fields located between Capmany and Sant Climent Sescebes and growing olive trees for the production of olive oil. However, he was so taken by the granite soil he found there that straight away his outlook changed and he decided to make wine within the DO Empordà.
To this end, he acquired 40 hectares and planted 23 hectares of vine on a dozen plots of land, alternating between forests and the red varieties Garnacha, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo and the whites Garnacha Blanca, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc (experimental).
To put into practice their notion of elegant and fresh wines, without sacrificing respect for the environment, Marc and Emma commissioned the prestigious Barcelona architect Pepe Cortés, a friend of the family, to build a modern cellar perfectly integrated into the landscape. The building, with thick walls and roofs insulated by 1.6 feet of dirt, houses a cutting-edge facility where gravity is at the centre of the production process.
The grape, after spending time in cold storage, is very cold when it enters the upper floor, where it is carefully selected on a belt. The grapes drop directly into tanks located on the middle floor, where they ferment as a result of stomping which does not involve délestage winding or the use of pumps. The barrel room, tasting room and reception area occupy the lower floor, adapted to receive visits.
Wine tourism is a top priority at Terra Remota Winery. The winery offers activities aimed at the general public which include a walking or bike tour through the vineyards. Also included is the opportunity to fill a picnic basket with a bottle of wine and different local products (ham, cheese, fuet sausage, paté, bread, tomato, oil, fruit and coffee) and enjoy them in the middle of the vineyards.