A Wine That
brings you straight to the peak of a Swiss Mountain in mid-summer. Jadis is a subtle companion that often needs time to reveal its true character. A blend of the 'glacier grape' Rèze and Fendant, Jadis captures the notion of Mythopia in such a compelling way.
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- Winemaker: Mythopia
Where & How?
This wine comes from one of the Valais’ highest vineyard sites just off the village Ayent and Arbaz. The grapes for this cuvée are Reze and Fendant planted on a bed of slate and schist farmed biodynamically. The vineyard is approximately 30 years of age.
The grapes were partly de-stemmed and ferment in 1000L tanks for a week with occasional push downs to slowly extract the tannins in the skins. After pressing the fermenting juice is transferred into small used barrels to age for a minimum of 2 years. Throughout that period there is no topping up or any kind of filtration or fining and all wines at Mythopia are being bottled without the addition of sulphur.
Mythopia sounds like a mythical land; one where nature and agriculture are not paradoxical. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once wrote,
“In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it, and over it.”
Planting a vineyard, just like most forms of agriculture, is inherently unnatural, because it creates a monocultural system. However, with care, it is possible to make a vineyard a great home for nature to thrive. There is perhaps nobody who has demonstrated this to the extent that Hans-Peter and Romaine Schmidt have with their vineyards in the Swiss Alps and with Hans-Peter’s work with biochar at the Ithaka Institute. The wine that is born from these vineyards is named Mythopia; from the Greek mythos (tales) and topos (location), while also nodding to Utopia; My Utopia.
It is no understatement to say that this is a true micro-utopia that escapes the circles of agrochemical hell surrounding it. It is a place that proves vines can be propagated to live in tandem with nature; in a manner that upholds biodiversity, rather than oppresses it.
As they say, this is a wine garden, not a vineyard.