August: clouds, grape ripening and village festival
We lived a few weeks of very changeable weather: sunny days after mingled with cloudy ones (no rain, though), there was no excess of heat in the afternoons, and early mornings were crisp cool. As we can check, this year’s climate has slowed down the evolution of the vineyards… If last year the grapes started ripening in July, this year it didn’t start until the first decade of August. Plus, our Carignan at the Rocapoll estat was sting ripening in the last week of the month!
The DOQ Priorat regulatory body can’t help putting across optimistic messages and insisting that the crops are expected more abundant and more spread in time: from early September till mid-October.
At Celler Devinssi, we’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of our first own harvest of 2003. Thus, from September 2013 to August 2014, grapevine adopters will have a special token: free visit to the winery and vineyards for two more people (if you want to bring friends or family).
What else gives in August? As always, the village festival: passacaglia, artisan markets, dances and concerts… A few very dynamic days. In September, we won’t seem to be able to slow down. There’s going to be a spectacular event – the Festival of Wine and Grape Harvest in Poboleda (14 September). If you feel like a nice weekend, why not go and visit that village. We’re going to be there offering our wines for visitor tasting.
Wish us an excellent grape harvest!