The 2014 Priorat harvest

by  |  06-12-2014

At the beginning of May I stopped in to visit a garagiste winemaker friend in the Catalan village of Capçanes. He was out removing excess growth in his small two-hectare vineyard of Garnatxa Peluda (Lladoner Pelut) and Carinyena (Carignan) and looked up from the work to say, ‘Miquel, I can feel it. This is going to be a great harvest.’ Fast forward five months to the end of September when, with a group of friends, we harvested that same vineyard, tossing countless rotten bunches on the ground, skipping some rows entirely, and selecting grape by grape in others, with around 60% in total loss. Such is the case this year for a lot of winemakers in Greater Priorat (in both DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant). As elsewhere in Europe, for all of 2014 and particularly during the summer, the weather had been strange and unpredictable. The white grape harvest went […]
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