Hello I'm José, portuguese, and my wife Paulina, polish, and together we created La Cave des Nomades, a micro biodynamic wine domaine with 3ha of vineyards in the Roussillon region, more precisely in the village of Banyuls-sur-Mer (Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France) with the mountains above, the sea by our side and the vineyards all around - the perfect microclime and one true atmosphere to produce natural wines.
In Banyuls-sur-mer, for nearly two centuries, the smuggling of goods to and from Spain was a major activity. Depending on the needs of the time, salt, tobacco, silver, sugar, rice, textiles, and leather were smuggled through this city, almost always with impunity. Otherwise the inhabitants lived mainly from fishing and viticulture. Nowadays, tourism stemming from the wine industry plays a significant economic role in the region notably for delicious and rare red dessert wines (Vin doux naturelle AOC Banyuls). Under the Collioure appellation and IGP Côte Vermeille, the region is also a center of quality dry reds, rosés and whites, with a number of producers of natural wines.
Banyuls region is located along the Mediterranean coast in the Roussillon district, extending from the coast up to the foothills of the Pyrenees which separates the area from the Spanish wine region of Catalonia across the border. Both the mountains and the sea have strong influences on the region's distinctly Mediterranean climate. During the summer growing season, temperatures are very warm and dry with the potential for drought. In the evening, cool winds from the mountains descend over the vineyards and this can help moderate temperatures for the vines.
Vineyard soils in the area range from alluvial soils near the sea and rivers to more gravel, limestone and schist based soils closer to the foothills of the Pyrenees. The soil types will have an impact on the resulting style of wine with the more schist-based soils on the higher slopes of the foothills produced more intense, full bodied wines while the more alluvial soils closer to the sea will produce lighter styles of wine.