How’s the grape harvest and wine travel? (Celler Devinssi, DOQ Priorat)

Definitely, 2020, baptised by Hurricane Gloria, will forever be etched in our memory.

The disastrous effect of the Covid-19 has been noticed here in  Priorat. Three months with no tourists, with no people in the street. Of course, with a minimum risk of virus rebound… Learn more

We’re lucky to have been able to take care of the vineyards: whole spring spent alone with nature, with an uncertain future, toon…

This year, the vineyards have needed a lot of human presence… The endless spring rains have caused the plague called mildew to spread throughout the vineyards: a fungus that dries the grapes… Learn more… 

We have had some losses of Carignan (Samsó) and Red Grenache, but if we zoom out to the DOQ Priorat level we have no right to complain. The careful dedication during the most complicated season in terms of weather and epidemiology and a some luck have made this 2020 grape harvest possible: Grenache and Carignan in very good condition, healthy and juicy Cabernet Sauvignon… Meanwhile, after a dry and sunny august, the harvest has been somewhat early and very dynamic. Continue reading

Grapevine adopters’ newsletter (December, 2015)

vinya priorat gratallops celler devinssi desembre 2015

Happy New Year, dear vine adopters!

Today we’re going to keep it short, however there are some details to share.

Your grapevines had a very happy December. Unwinding, hibernating and waiting for the new challenges in 2016. At the winery, we used the time to handle the Christmas campaing and unstoppable wine tours. The season doesn’t seem to be over. Just check this out: we already have a bunch of bookings for this January! Continue reading

Wines and wine tourism: 20 highlights of 2015. Celler Devinssi, DOQ Priorat

Greetings from Priorat! We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016!For our winery, 2015 has been quite demanding from beginning to end. A marvellous grape harvest after a very changeable summer (with August-style July vs. mellow August)… There have been so many nice moments that it’s a challenge for us to choose twenty of them and draw the bottom line. Thank you all for thinking about us and for your treasurable collaboration. We wish you a Merry Christmass and a Happy 2016!


 

1. The year started with the whizz-bang article by Laura Casas for La Vanguardia Tarragona about our grapevine adoptions in Priorat. The article was out on 2 January and it had such a viral wallop that from 2 to 6 January we couldn’t help preparing adoption packages. Apart from that, some radio stations, like La Xarxa or Onda Cero, called us for interviews, while Ruth Troyano gave a detailed account of our initiative in her air section called “El Porró” at the Ona La Torre radio.

2. Do you remember the snowsall on 4 February? Well, here’s the video. Continue reading

Our visitor’s feedback at the website of the Priorat Tourism Office. Part 2

enoturisme al Priorat visita al Celler Devinssi, Gratallops, Costa DauradaWhat a lot of wine tours we’ve been hosting at the cellar! Despite the influx of wine tourists that have been coming over these days, we’ve found a gap in our agenda in order to share a second portion of visitors comments that were available at the Priorat tourism information website (see them below).

We have to admit and reveal that, over the last year, cellar door visitors that we’ve hosted learnt about us ‘through the grapevine’ and and our own resources, such as our website, blog in Russian, instagram and twitter. However, quite a few of them confessed having read the comments that were available at the Priorat tourism website. You can read our thoughts about the disappeared comments here.

In the meantime, we’re glad to tell you that it hasn’t taken longer than four years to get our TripAdvisor finally profile accepted,  so you can now leave your comment about your experience with Celler Devinssi in DOQ PrioratContinue reading

Our visitors’ feedback at the website of the Priorat Tourism Office. Part 1

The world of wine travel is very dynamic, so is the digital world… Just a few weeks ago the digital world of Priorat underwent some important changes: the update of the website of the Priorat Tourism Office. We’d like to congratulate the Consell comarcal on the new design and on the improved page load time. At the same time, we realised that visitors’ comments disappeared, so did the option of leaving a comment at an establishment’s profile, whether it’s a winery, an olive oil mill, a restaurant, a museum or whatever place of tourist interest listed at the web of Priorat Tourism  Office.

For our winery, the availability of such a public tool was very important because we knew how to capitalise on it and before the comments disappeared, we had amassed 71, posted between 2009 and 2015, i.e. 6 years of painstaking work. Continue reading

Wines and wine tourism: 20 highlights of 2014. Celler Devinssi, DOQ Priorat

A year ago, we came up with a summary of some episodes that had happened to us “on the grapevine” and in wine tourism in 2013. Today, we’ve decided to go over this experience and share with you some moments that we’ve lived together. It takes only a few days to farewell the year 2014, a year that brought us very good grape crops, a remarkable increase of wine tours and also more wine sales and expansion of our grapevine adopters’ club. So, let’s clink our glasses together for 2015, with its new challenges and ambitions!

Well, today we’ve got 20 new stories. They are shown chronologically, from January through December, and we do not mean to rank anything: we are just grateful to you for your input. This time, we’ve decided to publish them beforehand, so that our grapevine adopters can see them earlier through their exclusive password. This all will be seen publicly from 7 January, 2015. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

We wish you a happy 2015!

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Pictures of mule-ploughing at our vineyard in Gratallops, wine tours in DOQ Priorat

Some of our wine tourists in Priorat have been able to enjoy onsite the spectacle of mule-ploughing of our old vineyard Rocapoll. Here, we’re publishin a few pictures taken by the professional photographer Nacho Roca of Instinto Gráfico.

Those of you who are our grapevine adopters will have the exclusive chance to see a large photo gallery of this farming chore, as well as a video, in the next March newsletter.

If you’re thinking of arranging shortly a wine tour in Priorat, please read here the details of our tour proposals.

Spring is just round the bend!

Cheers from Gratallops, DOQ Priorat