September, 2014: the reel of harvest and wine tourism
Oops! We’ve skipped the August newsletter! How come? Well, the following September news will explain the reasons. However, August news is available, too. To read it, please follow this link.
The first half of September has been remarkably hotter than August, which helped the grapes progress a little bit in their ripening. However, only a little bit. And the second half of the month has brought about rains, oftentimes heavy ones, so we had to make some breaks during the harvest, due to the difficulty of foreseeing the weather even in the short run.
This means that Sergi had to be on the alert for the evolution of the grapes, because of the unprecedented humidity! Fortunately, our vineyards are very well exposed to sunlight and winds, so they don’t risk much going rotten.
In general, the harvest has been very good and more plentiful than last year, which – in our case – matches the forecast by the DOQ Priorat regulatory board. Anyway, while you’re reading this text, we’re still harvesting the last vineyards. It is common knowledge that samsó (carignan) takes longer to ripen.
Wine tours have kept us pretty busy. We were expecting a slowdown of the activity in September, but on the contrary, visits have cropped up as compared to August! Among different characters, we hosted the guys from Catalunya Wine, an initiative for promoting Catalan wineries in the English-speaking world. See below their video, and if you follow the link, you can read the article.
We’ve already collected some replies to the survey! However, we’d like to ask those of you who haven’t completed it yet to do it now, so that we can have the results analysed in November.