Grapevine adopters’ newsletter (June, 2015)

June 2015: a dramatic month

We’ll remember this June forever! Both the physical and virtual environment have been quite tough with us.

Let’s begin with the nature. This June has been characterized by clearly summerlike weather, with many days of sunshine and heat. However, we couldn’t help a small hailstorm, which has affected some vines … So be it! The grape berries have been healed, so we are looking forward to July’s most exciting stage: the veraison, which is to begin shortly. Continue reading

Grapevine adopters’ newsletter (May, 2015)

Abril plujós i maig ventós, fan el pagès ric i profitós (Rainy April and windy May make the peasant rich and wealthy. A Catalan saying)

Dear grapevine adopters,

Before all, we’d like to thank those of you who were able to make it here to participate in the green-pruning master-class on 24 May. Despite the municipal elections! Thanks indeed! The upcoming activity – vine trimming – is on 19 July, 2015. Continue reading

Grapevine adopters’ newsletter (April, 2015)

Abril finit, hivern passat. (April’s over, winter’s over. A Catalan saying)

The saying is very true, April is over, and it was a very pleasant month. The weather wasn’t cold or hot, just warm. Rains were quite occasional, which favoured remarkably the right development of new shoots and blossoms, both things being abbundant! So were poppies that cropped up all around our vineyards and awarded us with a burst of fancy colours! Continue reading

Grapevine adopters’ newsletter (March, 2015)

Març marcedor, nit freda i dia amb calor (March-like March, cold nights and warm days. A Catalan saying)

As the saying tells us, March has been quite unpredictable in terms of weather. Days of cold, rain, fog, and particularly overcast ones, when clouds wouldn’t dissipate… Sometimes, the landscape seemed so melancholic that we weren’t able to take any picture. However, the month’s finale was just surprising: full of sunshine and quite warm. With typically cool Priorat nights, though… So we started the Easter week enjoying some noticeably springlike weather! Continue reading

Let’s meet at Tast amb Llops 2015!

In fact, we wanted to title it: “Celler Devinssi, the big revelation at TastambLlops 2015”, however owing to our modesty, we haven’t done that 🙂

Anyway, on 2 May, we’ll be in Plaça de Dalt, Gratallops, from 6 to 9 pm, together with other 10 wineries operating in our village and also with some guest wineries.

Over the recent years, CellerDevinssi has participated quite a few times in the Wine Fair held in early May in Falset and involving our county’s both wine appellations: DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant. Meanwhile, we’ve been keeping an eye on the event that belongs to the extended version of the Fair: TastambLlops (“Tasting with Wolves” in Catalan) at the Cal Llop Hotel. This is a get-together that englobes the cellars that have wines entirely produced in our village of Gratallops, therefore these wines are called ‘vins de la vila’. Continue reading

2nd fair of Catalan cheeses and Priorat wines at Clos Figueras

Gratallops, 29 March, 2015

Do you like cheese and wine? Do you know how to pair them? The Clos Figueras winery proposes to learn how to pair these two exquisite products at the “2nd fair of Catalan cheeses and Priorat wines”. Here, you can get to know some Catalan cheese producers and also savour wines made by some of our county wineries, both within DOQ Piorat and DO Montsant appellations. Sounds mouth-watering, right?

When we received the invitation from Clos Figueras to participate we didn’t hesitate a sec to say yes. First of all, we’re good neighbours and we like to collaborate with them. Moreover, we just love the restaurant’s gardened terrace!

Which Celler Devinssi’s wines will you be able to taste at the fair? Continue reading

Grapevine adopters’ newsletter (February, 2015)

An impressive snowfall!

Yes, Feburary rewarded us with an impressive snowfall! Unlike in realitvely stable February of 2014, this time it was very similar to February of 2013

This 4F wasn’t a very cold day, however, it snowed heavily from thick clouds that overcast the sky! See the video that we filmed on that day to see the snowfall’s magnitude. By the way, in shady corners, the snow stayed for a week. Continue reading

Grapevine adopters’ newsletter (January, 2015)

Al gener, tanca la porta i encén el braser. (In January, close the door and turn on the coal heater. A Catalan saying)

How does the year fire away? Ambitious, sunny and hard-working!

Weather has been very generous with us, still it has adhered quite well to what you expect from the winter. Early January saw some cool days, however deprived of any dramatic temperature leaps… Moreover, you could find mushrooms in some forests! Late in January, temperatures started to drop, with chilly nights and minor snowfalls on the mountains les muntanyes (Els Ports, Prades, la Mola de Colldejou, Serra de Llaberia and the crest of Montsant). Continue reading

“Más claro que el vino” by Joseph Puig: an artistic perspective on the world of wine

Joseph Puig is a very charismatic character of the wine-making world. To some extent, this is to him that our artisan winery owes its existence in Priorat: Joseph Puig’s enthusiasm was so convincing that Josep Roca made up his mind to come here to Gratallops to elaborate his first Priorat wine: “Il·lia“.

The remarkable wine author keeps on revealing the world of wine to the public not only through his wines but his new literary creation: the novel “Noé: Más claro que el vino” (literally, “Noah: Clearer than Wine”). Continue reading

White wines ready for the summer!

Cupatge blanc, vi de taula, Celler DevinssiSpring is peaking in Priorat: the right time for pruning vines and trimming some bushy grass across the vineyards, a consequence of the plentiful April rains. The farmland is full of poppies and other flowers that titivate the scenery with their bright and lively colours.
Summer is coming along, slowly but surely. Every other afternoon brings in a heat wave, when the sun turns sizzling. There is just one month left before Sant Joan, the traditional date to start the summer season. Continue reading