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All lined up – or not!

Early greens

Early greens

Straight lines

Straight lines

Old vines

Old vines

Not forgotten!

Not forgotten!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In California, where I lived for many years and learned almost everything I know about wine, the vineyards look pretty much the same, the difference being slopes or valley floors, or which direction they’re facing, but the vines are mostly trellised in a similar way, that is, in military-straight lines.

Here in Penedès they all look different. Case in point, the three vineyards that surround my house couldn’t be more different from one another; from perfectly trellised straight lines, to the old gnarly vines close to the ground, to the one that seem more like random bushes in a wild meadow that looks like nobody cares for. But lo and behold, in the end they all produce fabulous wine and Cava.

Why are they so different, you ask? There is no ‘straight’ answer to that. It can depend on what kind of grapes, who is the wine maker, what philosophy the grape grower has, if it’s a biodynamic, sustainable or ecological (or all of them) vineyard.

Since I moved to this house in the middle of these vineyards, I have followed them from the first, tender green leaf, through the harvest period, which also varies wildly. Just in the three mentioned vineyards, where you find Xarell-o, Macabeo and Garnacha Blanca grapes, harvest started in August and the last grapes were not picked until the second week of October.

But I, for one, can’t wait to try the finished product, gorgeous Cava and still vine in a couple of years!

 

Salud from the vineyard!

Helena

 

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