O Fournier Winery and Vine yards owns a property of 105 ha. in the municipality of Berlangas de Roa y Roa de Duero, within the Burgos province. Sixty of these hectares correspond to the vineyard plantations of El Pinar Estate. The beginning of the vineyard plantation at El Pinar Estate dates back to 1946 with the first two hectares. From that date onwards, the development continued until reaching the existing 60 ha. It is worth mentioning that half of this development took place in 1980 and the rest between 1991 and 1998.

Half of the plantation uses a head-pruned system with a frame that goes from 1100 to 2900 plants per hectare. The other half is plan ted using a trellis system with a frame of 2300 plants per hectare. The entire estate has been planted with the variety of Tinta del Pais, which predominates in Ribera del Duero given its quality and excellent adaptation throughout the years.

Amongst the variety of soils we can find at El Pinar Estate, the pebble is the predominant one; it comes from the floods from Duero River, since 4 km of this property are located in the riverbank. We can also find sandy areas especially in the western area. At the same time, a clayey layer that allows for humidity retention can be identified 60 - 100cm deep. Generally speaking, the soil is very poor in terms of organic matter a nd possesses excellent drainage. The pebble contributes to the ripening of the grape through the refraction of solar heat that it receives during the day and unleashes during the night.

Given the soil's weakness, the vineyard's age and the plantation frames, the pruning and the watering carried out by selective dripping when the plant n eeds it, their producti vity never exceeds 4000 Kg per ha. Our goal is to keep it under those numbers. This performance ensures a very interesting quality potential for our grapes.

Nowadays, a big effort is being done to recuperate certain areas of the vin eyard. In addition, we are currently in the middle of studying the vineyard to divide it. The analysis is carried out in the winery through microvinifications , taking into consideration the characteristics of every piece of land: soil, orientation, plantation frame, vineyard's age and used clones. This study will allow us to gain deeper knowledge of the vineyards in order to conduct a more specific elaboration taking into account the previously mentioned characteristics.

The mid-term goal is to control our entire grape production, whether by having our own estates (we hope to continue acquiring high quality vineyards) or by signing long-term contracts with local producers. The total territory of 105 ha that the property has is com pleted with various irrigated estates and a pine forest with local trees over 180 years old.


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