In keeping with its commitment to sustainability, Masaveu Family Wineries has carried out the installation of 304 solar panels with which they shall achieve a 25% saving on their total energy consumption. The annual energy generated by their photovoltaic facilities at Bodegas Fillaboa, Murua and Pagos de Araiz shall reach 186.5Wh. Consequently, the photovoltaic energy generated shall avoid the emission of over 30 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
“Our investment in solar energy is in line with other measures that we have put in place in all of our wineries, fruit of our commitment to sustainability, including, for example, regenerative viticulture, green roofs, natural control of insect populations and the elimination of chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides” explains José Masaveu, general director of Masaveu Family Wineries.
The solar panels installed in the Fillaboa, Murua and Pagos wineries are now fully operational. Bodegas Fillaboa, in Salvaterra de Miño (Pontevedra), has 84 modules, with an annual production of 47.1 MWh/year and a reduction of 26.14% in consumption. At our winery in Navarra, Pagos de Araiz, in Olite, we have 108 panels which produce 73.4 MWh annually, representing a 20.9% reduction in consumption.
At Bodegas Murua, in Rioja Alavesa, there are 112 modules, with a production of 66 MWh/year and energy savings of 28.23%.
Masaveu Family Wineries has been working towards being more sustainable for several years and they are now being recognised for their efforts. For example, with the Wineries For Climate Protection (WFCP) Stamp obtained by Pagos de Araiz, which certifies that the winery is environmentally sustainable and committed to the fight against climate change.
The wine group has been applying regenerative viticulture at Bodegas Murua for some time now as part of a measure to regenerate the soil and increase its capacity to capture atmospheric carbon, one of the causes of global warming.
Over recent years, Valverán, the cider mill, situated in Sariego, in the heart of the cider district of Asturias, has been clearly focused on sustainability recuperation, for example through the reclamation of water from its own wells which they use for irrigation and human consumption. They also have a water treatment plant where they filter and purify the water for its use in other tasks at the mill.
Fifty percent of the 340 hectares of land owned by the four wineries and the cider mill have been certified as organic (172 hectares). At Bodegas Murua and Valverán, all of the land has been certified as organic.
Masaveu Family Wineries
The Masaveu family first invested in the wine sector in 1974, when they purchased Bodegas Murua, however the family’s first vineyards date back to the middle of the 19th century, in Castellar del Vallés, where the family originates from and where Federico Masaveu Rivell began a journey to be continued one century later by his descendants.
Since then, Masaveu Family Wineries has grown to become a reference in the sector, due to the quality of their winemaking in several DO´s and their sustainable philosophy and utmost respect for the land in their estate owned vineyards, thanks to which they transmit the unique personality of each terroir in every bottle. This being the common denominator in each and every project initiated by Bodegas Masaveu in different parts of the country: Murua (DOCa. Rioja), Fillaboa (DO. Rías Baixas), Pagos de Araiz (DO. Navarra), Leda (Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León) and Valverán (Asturias).