La granja, el cor de la biodinàmica

The sensory part takes
place in the winery which allows us to set the guidelines for
our day-to-day work. This is also the case
when we work with animal traction in our vineyard. It allows us to observe and
have a better feel for the earth. Its texture and its perfume. There must always be a testimony
and I think that this is ours. The farm, the heart of biodynamics At Gramona, we’ve always tried
to surround ourselves with people who help us along our path. First of all we met Thomas. He arrived here, with his two horses and with a very defined way of life. And this showed our team
that this really is possible. We looked into how we
could have our own animals, that’s why we created a farm, to have this nucleus, this heart, which is our definition of a “farm”,
in order to work biodynamically. In the beginning, it was
to have our own resources, then for our cows and
some horses for riding. But there came a point when
we started to think that these horses could not only
serve to unite two kingdoms, the animal kingdom and the plant world,
but also to work the land. And it’s this land that has
to give us the best of itself to allow us to craft each of our wines. Later, by chance, we found a man who’d been working, for over
30 years, training people to work in the vineyards,
and using the horse. And where can you
find this gentleman? Well, he lives in a village
tucked away in the Pyrenees and we’re going to meet him My name is Claude Sandillon. I’m a former animal traction trainer, from an association called Prommata, in France. Animal traction is a force
that has its limits. This means that the animal cannot work any harder or longer
than it is capable of. Because of this, we cannot work the land at any time. We’re obliged to observe
the condition of the soil in order to work the land. That means we always plough the land at the right time. Working with a horse is a very slow process. I mean, when a horse arrives, it has to get used to
the place, to the people, and then it will begin to gradually accept the work we ask of it. There’s a relationship that develops, creating confidence that can
even become complicity. What I mean is, when the animal always
works with the same person, or two people,
a complicity is created and there’s a relationship that enables enables the animal to anticipate
the demands of the human. It’s a human relationship, a relationship of affection. It’s a relationship that
has us talking, not to a machine, but to a horse. The nice thing in all this is becoming
aware that you have a long path to explore. Today at Gramona, biodynamics
is beginning to take told; but there’s still a lot of
work to be done.

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