Our vineyards and terroir

Great wine is made in the vineyard. At least 50% of the work of making wine takes place before harvest.

 

We founded Domaine Treloar with 10ha (25 acres) of mature vines on 3 excellent sites around the village of Trouillas. We only grow traditional grape varietes of the region and none of the vineyards are irrigated. I believe great wines, anywhere in the world, come from dry vineyards.

 

In 2008 we bought a further 2ha of old vines that were going to be dug up. These included the oldest Syrah in Trouillas and some interesting white varieites - Grenache gris and Carignan blanc. In 2016 we found another old parcel of Grenache gris.

We also rent two great vineyards on the schiste slopes of Forca Real.

La Serre

A windswept hilltop with fantastic 360° views of the sea and the mountains, which sits beside the old Knights Templar watchtower of Mas Deu.

Muscat a petits grains

1.0ha which I send to the Trouillas Cooperative

Macabeu

0.2 ha of very old, low-yielding vines

Grenache noir

0.5 ha of old vines on trellis

Grenache Gris

0.7 ha of old bush vines

Carignan noir and Carignan blanc

0.25 ha of old bush vines planted in the 1950s

Syrah

1ha of young vines grown on New-Zealand style trellis on very stony soils

Foun Rouge

A stony terrace between Trouillas and Terrats. Foun Rouge means "red spring" in Catalan

Macabeu

0.2 ha of very old, low-yielding vines

Muscat a petits grains

1.0ha which I send to the Trouillas Cooperative

A stony terrace between Trouillas and Terrats. Foun Rouge means "red spring" in Catalan

Le Roubau

A rare limestone hill between Trouillas and Ponteilla where the battle of Trouillas was fought during the French Revolutionary War. The vines cover the south and west slopes.

Muscat d'Alexandrie

0.70 ha on red clay / limestone

Muscat a Petits Grains

0.70 ha on red clay

Syrah

1.2 ha on typical Aspres stony clay

Lledoner Pelut (a rare local relative of Grenache noir)

0.45 ha on steep limestone slopes

Grenache noir

1.2 ha on a south-facing limestone slope

Mourvedre (also known as Mataro and Monastrell)

1.4 ha on a clay / limestone slope facing the sea

Wild, remote vineyards on stony soils to the north of the river Tet.

Macabeu

0.6 ha of old low-yielding bush vines on grey schist

Mourvedre

0.5 ha of vines grown on sandy, well-drained soils 

Forca Real

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