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A vigneron in the marco de Jerez

From the sky and biodynamics, to the land of albariza and traditional viticulture.

I am Alejandro Muchada, a pretender to vigneron in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in the Muchada-Léclapart project, together with my teacher and reference David Léclapart. This blog arises from the desire to share some of my reflections and anecdotes from this experience, in which many friends and vine-growers from the old school of Sanlúcar nurture me, such as Juan Peregrino and Juan Morales, as well as working side by side with David.

I do not intend to teach or generate academic knowledge. I prefer to move in the language of the symbolic and the experiential, to help us find the valuable inspiration and motivation to open new paths in the viticulture and viniculture of Marco de Jerez. I like to think that tradition and innovation go hand in hand in an equation where feeling, patience, humility, respect and ancestral wisdom are aligned to sow precious seeds and generate sublime fruits.

Goethean approach to the plant world. The basis of biodynamic

Goethean approach to the plant world. The basis of biodynamic

At the beginning of May, the Muchada-Léclapart team participated in a training on the Goethean approach to the plant world carried out by the botanist Jean Michel Florin, director of the agriculture section of the Goetheanum and organized by the biodynamic farm...

The metamorphosis of plants

The metamorphosis of plants

In 2022, the Atalanta publishing house published in Spain the precious and delicate work of Professor Gordon I. Miller, from Seattle University, who has republished “The Metamorphosis of Plants”, a work by the German philosopher and writer Goethe (with wonderful...

About the Palomino grape

About the Palomino grape

I don't know at what point the Palomino grape was reviled. I guess it was in the 70s when chemicals and tractors entered the vineyards of Marco de Jerez. This caused the production per hectare to triple -because the Palomino is a variety that can become very...

2011-2021 Ten years of a meeting between Jerez and Champagne

2011-2021 Ten years of a meeting between Jerez and Champagne

This year we have completed 10 years since David Léclapart and I met. It was on a trip - which I consider initiatory - through France. I did not know anything about the world of wine or biodynamic agriculture. At that time I was in the middle of writing my doctoral...

The three dimensions of the Marco de Jerez wine

The three dimensions of the Marco de Jerez wine

Until very recently, they only talked about the wineries in the Marco de Jerez. The uniqueness of the criaderas and soleras system, and the complexity of the biological (under flower veil) and oxidative breeding methods, allowed it. The Marco de Jerez wineries have...

The search for beauty

The search for beauty

I love telling this anecdote, because I think it symbolizes very well the figure of the “vigneron” that I learn with David. –Vigneron- would be translated into Spanish as a viticulturist; however, in French it has another symbolic meaning. In the world of French wine,...

Why old vines

Why old vines

When we started looking for plots where we could apply biodynamic agriculture and make our dry white wines, we were clear that we wanted to find old palomino vines. The main reason is that the old palomino vines are of mass selection; that is: they did not come from...

The vineyard treatments as messages

The vineyard treatments as messages

I like to think of vineyard treatments as messages that we send to the vines. Biodynamic agriculture itself limits the use of minerals such as copper or sulfur enormously compared to conventional agriculture: possibly to a tenth of it. Conventional winegrowers...