Fermina

Fiercely Mediterranean

 

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Location: Pinoso, Alicante Denominacion de Origen, Spain

Owner & winemaker: Bodegas Pinoso

Vineyards: certified organic (USDA Organic, Valencia Organic Agricultural Committee since 1997)

Soils: Limestone

Main varieties: Monastrell, Macabeo & Airén

Winemaking: light (vegan-friendly) fining and filtration, a small addition of sulfur.

 

Fun facts:

  • Bodegas Pinoso is a cooperative established in 1932
  • Today, it’s one of the biggest producers of organic and vegan-certified wine in Spain, with more than 600 hectares under certification
  • Fermina wines are made exclusively for us, inspired by a traditional name for a Spanish girl originally meaning “strong”; the colors used on the label mirror the Spanish flag and fierce Mediterranean temperament

 

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Bodegas Pinoso is a Spanish cooperative born in 1932 that gradually became one of the pioneers of organic viticulture in the region, converting more and more of their growers to certified organic since 1997. Nowadays, with more than 600 hectares under certification, they are one of the main producers of organic and vegan-certified wine on a national level. So, when Jenny was looking for a pleasant and eco-conscious low-intervention wine from traditional Spanish grapes for all kinds of occasions and budgets, this co-op close to Valencia was the perfect fit. 

The Pinoso vines grow at a relatively high altitude (600m above sea level) in the hot and dry continental climate influenced by the closeness of the Mediterranean Sea, which is great for fostering respectful vine growing. No pesticides or herbicides are used, and the poor, well-drained limestone soil is fertilized only with organic manure from a local cattle farm. Tilling is minimized in order to maintain the structure of the soil, since leaving vegetation to grow spontaneously serves as a natural reservoir of flora and fauna and encourages biodiversity.

Very little rainfall and plenty of sunlight (2,500 – 3,000 hours of sun per year, similar to Florida or California) are challenging yet perfect conditions for getting wines with an intense color and high aromatic potential, especially from the Monastrell variety that Fermina red and rosé are made of. The grape, also known as Mourvedre in France, or Mataro in Catalonia and Australia, is believed to have originated here in the Valencia area several centuries before Christ. Whatever its exact origins are, it’s definitely greatly adapted to the often extreme climate, with roots well-resistant to drought; the dark-skinned compact bunches give wines with fierce spiciness, sun-dried herbs, and rich fruit that marry seamlessly with Mediterranean dishes. 

 

Fermina Red

Grapes: 100% Monastrell

Vineyard: limestone. Certified organic

Vinification Method: The grapes are manually harvested, de-stemmed and crushed. Temperature controlled fermentation at 22-26°C in stainless steel tanks with continuous over-pumping to extract maximum intensity of color and aromas. This maceration-fermentation lasts for about 2-3 weeks. The wine is bottled after light (vegan-cetified) fining and filtration, with a small addition of sulfur. 

Personality: Very brilliant ruby red with a purple rim boasting the youthfulness of the wine. Rich aromas of red forest fruits and whiffs of spices. The palate is well structured, powerful, and balanced with notes of black fruits, proudly showing its Mediterranean heritage.


Fermina White

Grapes: Macabeo & Airén

Vineyard: limestone. Certified organic

Making of: After a soft crushing, a maceration at a low temperature is carried out to enhance the aromas of each grape variety. The free-run juice (locally called “flor”) then ferments for up to 30 days, in tanks at a low temperature. The wine is bottled after light (vegan-certified) fining and filtration, with a small addition of sulfur. 

Personality: Brilliant, pale-straw color with aromas of apple and citrus fruits on the nose. Refreshing, lively, and fruity with a clean lip-smackingly citrusy finish. Ideally suited to vegetable rice, white fish, white meat, or lovely by itself.


Fermina Rosé

Grapes: 100% Monastrell

Vineyard: limestone. Certified organic

Making of: After a soft de-stemming and crushing, the grapes are left macerating for 10 hours, and the free-run juice (locally called “flor”) ferments for a few weeks in tanks. Temperatures do not exceed 16 ºC in order to keep the maximum of the primary grape aromas, youthfulness, and freshness. The wine is bottled after light (vegan-certified) fining and filtration, with a small addition of sulfur. 

Personality: A brilliant strawberry color. Strawberry and plum aromas. Fresh in the mouth, with tons of fruit, elegant, clean, and pleasing finish. Perfect with anything.