05 Jan Grapevine adopters’ newsletter (December, 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!
At the beginning of the month, we took part in the 4th Christmas Fair in the village of Tivissa, where we felt really welcome! Of course the event is quite local, but it’s worth a browse: the atmosphere is really friendly! Wines produced in Tivissa (particularly in its hamlets of La Serra d’Almos and Darmós), belong to the DO Montsant appellation. The village is picturesque, its old quarter is genuine, and the surrounding nature incites to do some hiking. If you want to grab a bite, a good choice is the small bar-llesqueria Ilerca.
By and large, 2015 was very generous to us: new contacts, new vine adopters, more prestige, excellent grape crops. We think that the weather conditions, Priorat’s growing fame, our own contact network (and maybe a more optimistic economical outlook) boosted the wine tours here. Since August, travellers have been unstoppable! See our 2015 bottom line here.
Today, we’ve drawn up a new agenda of activities for 2016. In 2015, thanks to some adopters, we were able to boost the on-the-vineyard master-classes as an alternative to standard winery tours included in your annual subscription.
For this year we propose 3 events:
24 January: winter pruning + calçotada bbq. To confirm before 22 January, 2016
You’ll learn how to cut twigs off and to decide which buds to preserve. We’re hagglin the price for the calçotada bbq.
22 May: green-pruning + wine tasting and paring with local cheeses
You’ll learn how to keep the best twigs and to cut the excessive ones off. We’ve already shortlisted the cheeses.
18 September: grape harvest + tasting Rocapoll 20?? paired with some delicacies
You’ll learn how to screen and crop grapes and to tell one grape variety from another. Closer to the event, we’ll give you the lowdown.
We wish you Bons Reis (3 kings), and we’ll keep in touch. Salut i vi!