Producer wine
Mas Guallar

COUNTRY :
France

REGION :
Banyuls-sur-Mer

PRODUCTION :

About Mas Guallar direct from the winemaker, Camila Opazo:

“At the age of 18, I left my country, Chile, to join my brother in Bordeaux. In 2007, wine was totally unknown to me. After learning French, I decided to do a very revealing internship. I was lucky enough to have my first taste of the wine world at a Grand Cru in Pessac Léognan: full of discoveries, surrounded by passionate people and good wines. After my studies in France, I enrolled in the Master of Oenology in Fermented Beverages specializing in the science and technology of sparkling wines in Tarragona (Spain). I’m rediscovering the vine as well as organic and biodynamic agriculture. I felt totally at home, beginning to articulate my project and give it real meaning. Once university was over, I set off to discover vineyards, new techniques and different ways of working with vines and wine. For three intense years, I worked in the Conchagua Valley (Chile), Tarragona (Spain), Limoux (France), Marlbourough (New Zealand) and in the Hérault region. Fate brought me to the Pyrénées Orientales in 2019. That same year, I decided to set up my own winery in Tautavel. The terroir, the living environment, the potential and above all the wines made the decision a very quick one.

Our philosophy – Production of natural, artisanal wines to maintain intimate contact with the wine, parcel wines to express compare the two extreme terroirs of the amphitheater: the small Corbières and the beginning of the Pyrenees. Vinification techniques that evolve according to grape and year, vinification in barrels and ageing in old aging in old oak barrels to allow evolution and stabilization without resorting to chemical or aggressive processes. Slight sulfiting at bottling if necessary. Each bottle is a small gallery in which to show my paintings inspired by wine and, above all, the vine.”

Mas Guallar was originally built in 1968 and consisted of 50ha of vines that produced for the local co-op. Those vines were ripped up and Camila has taken over the house, cellar, and surrounding 2.5ha of land. Her 5ha of vines are split between 1.7ha in Maury and 3.3ha in Banyuls-sur-Mer. The land around the house will be used for experimenting with different plantings in years to come. The two vineyards both have very few neighboring vines, plenty of scrubland around, and a nearby water source. Camila has plans to take advantage of this to reintroduce biodiversity around her vines. In Maury: a vegetation cover has been planted to provide nutrients for the in-conversion vines; the soil is cultivated using a rototiller, a pickaxe and a brushcutter for grass control if necessary. In Banyuls: the soil is not worked, spontaneous plant cover is controlled with pickaxe and brushcutter as necessary.

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CUVÉES
Wine

“La Foun del Bosc”

Region: Maury
Grape: Carignan
Vineyard: 1.7 hectares, sedimentary schist, old vines
Farming: organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 3 weeks of maceration with addition of direct press
Aging: 36 months in old chestnut barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 2g for total production (12oo bottles)

Wine

“Magic Mountain”

Region: Banyuls-sur-Mer
Grape: Mourvedre
Vineyard: 3.3 hectares
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole cluster, 2 week maceration, fermentation in barrique.
Aging: 18 months in old chestnut barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Gratalloups”

Region: Banyuls-sur-Mer
Grape: Syrah
Vineyard: 3.3 hectares
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole cluster, 2 week maceration, fermentation in barrique.
Aging: 18 months in old chestnut barrels
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“MielNat”

Region: Banyuls-sur-Mer, Calces
Grape: Muscat Petit Grain
Vineyard: 3.3 hectares
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2 week maceration, honey from certified biodynamic honey producer Johan Rouyer added. hand disgorged
Aging: sur latte 8 months
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Vermut

Region: Banyuls-sur-Mer
Wine Base: 2020 Grenache, Carignan
Winemaking: Dry herbs (mustard, cinchona, rosemary, thyme, wormwood, rose) macerated in alcohol 2 months, aged 3 years in barrel. beet sugar, herb maceration, aromatic extracts of lemon and eucalyptus blended before bottling.

Wine

“Oaristys”

Region: Banyuls-sur-Mer, Calces
Grape: 85% Syrah, 15% Muscat Petit Grain
Vineyard: 3.3 hectares
Farming: certified organic (Syrah), organic conversion (Muscat)
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 2 weeks whole cluster maceration, light pigeage
Aging: 8 months old chestnut barrel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Chlorifly Magico”

Region: Baixas – Valley de L’Agly
Grape: 80% Muscat Alexandrie, 20% Carignan Noire
Vineyard: 3.3 hectares,
Farming: certified organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: Muscat macerated two days, blended with direct press Carignan
Aging: 12 months
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Oxymoron!”

Region: Maury
Grape: Muscat Petit Grain
Vineyard: 1.7 hectares,
Farming: third year organic conversion
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: direct press blended with 2 week cryomacerated juice
Aging: 8 months stainless steel
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none