Adolfo Duch Arín is an entrepreneur based in Sant Jordi and a “Benihort” partner, who works to recover the vineyards, the stories and the century-old flavours that existed in the Baix Maestrat wine-growing past. We will talk about his wine “Lo Vinyet”, the result of his love for the earth. It is an intense, natural and local semi-aging wine that can be bought in the “Benihort” supermarket celery too.
Adolfo is a specialist in Vegetable Canning, and has developed his professional career linked to citriculture. In fact, he has been working as a technician in Benihort’s citrus area for more than 20 years. The vineyards are the connection between his past and his future, because when he was only 9 years old, his father explained him all the secrets about taking care of the vineyard.
Duch tells us that wine was produced in his family until the 1960s, and that it was a way to increase the family economy. His father had some taverns in Vinaros as clients. What was a work when he was a child, has become a hobby that remembers him all his childhood memories. He tells us that his father, who passed away three years ago, “was even more excited about this project than me. He always wanted to visit the vineyards and the wine celery, and there was where we tasted our wines for the first time”. “El Celler dels Duch” is located where his family used to have their old celery, and you can find it in “Sant Josep” street in Sant Jordi.
Although he started working on the “Vino Carlón” project 10 years ago, he decided he wanted to work on his way some years later. In 2019, he managed to produce and sell his “Lo Vinyet” wine for the first time, and he is already working on the next grape harvest. Its bottles contain a natural elaboration broth, produced by biological cultivation, without added sulphites and any type of additive. “This wine has been produced with all the knowledge that has been in my family for generations. We take special care of the vineyard, the harvest and the cellar, the fermentation temperature control, and do what has to be done in its specific time”, says Duch.
His goal is to make an exclusively biodynamic crop, or what’s the same, “to enhance nature and its fertility with completely pure means”. It is an organic agriculture method, based on Rudolf Steiner’s theories, who takes into account the astronomic influences to carry out agricultural work. “My father used to tell me that racking and pruning must be carried out in certain lunar phases”.