31 Dec 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!
Have you checked out this wine blog by Sinisa of SweetEasy? In 2014, he made up his mind to post at least one daily entry on Catalan wines! That’s a lot of effort and dedication! Two entries are kindly dedicated to Celler Devinssi.
Last winter, owing to a certain increase of Russian wine travellers in our county, we started this cheerful collaboration with Hotel Hostal Sport offering recipes of meals made at their restaurants paired with our wines. Salut!
In early March, we were able to capture for the first time our old vineyard being ploughed by a mule. We enlisted Nacho Roca, a professional photographer, for that purpose. Our grapevine adopters were the first to see the full-runtime video.
An entry in our grapevine adopters’ blog: Katri and Heikki speak about our “Mas de les Valls, a great Priorat for every day“. It’s in Finnish, so turn the translator on 🙂 April 2014
In the summer of 2014 we managed to arrange a series of olive oil tasting with Fernando and Ricard from Molí Miró Cubells. All our Russian-speaking guests truly enjoyed the experience!
Also, last summer we saw here Igor and Maria from Saint Petersburg Sommelier League. Here, you can read Jaume Balaguer’s version of the story. They seem to have enjoyed themselves a lot in Priorat!
Also we’d like to highlight the article in the Cupatges magazine featuring one of our restaurateur customers Pepa Tomate located in Gràcia (Barcelona). It mentions the wine we cater to them. Have you ordered your table?
An important milestone for Priorat locals: in July, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the DOQ Priorat’s foundation. The event took place in the Cartoixa d’Escaladei. Here’s a short report by Reus Digital.
On 30th August, Gratallops hosted a very peculiar concert in its plaça de l’Església. Boys from the new Quartet Priorat played classical music pieces and chord versions of contemporary themes for locas who came together to unwind with a glass of wine.
Nímia Comunicació created two smartphone apps for wine travel aficionados: Enoguia and DOQ Priorat. Both search tools are helpful for winery visits both in the whole province of Tarragona and within our particular wine appellation.
In 2014 we opened up to hiking activities in the wine-making regions thanks to our friends from the El Brogit Guiatges agency. If you want to tread Priorat’s slate stone paths, just get in touch with them.
September saw Timmer and Michael of CatalunyaWine at our cellar doors. They undertook this initiative to promote Catalan wines in the English-speaking world. Check out the videos they filmed during their visits to Priorat.
In October, among other athletic events across Priorat, our village of Gratallops held the first running race “La de 13 graus i mig” (13,5º), where we joined the extensive prize sponsorship list.
Around the same dates, we hosted wine lovers from “La confrérie de Bacchus du val de Saône” (France), so here you can find their brief review of our DOQ Priorat wines…
Also, October brought Kathy and Terry of Wine Trail Travel to our wine-making region. We took them to the vineyard to have an open-air tasting. To read what they think please click here.
There was another event that we didn’t bring up either, but which does affect the entire wine appellation: DOQ Priorat was granted roadside singposts at its driving gateways.
And to top the year off, exciting December news came from our friends of the Barcelona Secrets agency, who started offering wine tour packages to Priorat in the English language!