The Vinotinte Philosophy
The strong passion and conviction of a much needed sustainable future, the creative business industry and a high standard lifestyle, made Felipe Monje and Nathalie Leturcq start together the adventure of dyeing natural fabrics with ecological pigments and materials proceeding from the Bodegas Monje vineyards. Both share the principles needed for any successful collaboration -apart from the raw materials- leading to the fashion brand Vinotinte, Wine-dye, in Spanish.
The investigation Nathalie was leading about the cream of tartar (an acidic byproduct of fermenting grapes into wine) took her to contact Felipe Monje. Since then, the tannins, mordants and the winemaking process have guided the artisanal and ecological procedures that come together at the Monje Winery. Monje Wines was a traditional winery of the Island of Tenerife founded in 1970 which has evolved into a business with a wide range of leisure-activities focused on rural and enotourism.
Nathalie imprints her own philosophy onto her creations, as we can see reflected in the following quotation of her book “Dyeing in the Vineyards. Natural Dyes with wine, wine leafs and grapes…”: