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Green pruning in Terra Alta

In May is the moment to begin the green pruning in the vineyards of the Terra Alta. It requires a lot of manpower and it is basically divided into two main tasks that are called in several ways in different municipalities of Terra Alta: esbrotar and esperonar (especially in Gandesa and Corbera), esbordar and desullar (especially in Bot), virbar and esperonar or descavallar (especially in Vilalba and Batea). Regardless of what they are called in every place, the green pruning consists of the removal of some vegetative parts with two main objectives:

- Prevention of diseases with increased ventilation and better implementation of phytosanitary treatments

- Balancing the relationship between vegetation and grapes to improve grape quality

The first work to do is esbrotar, esbordar or virbar and once that is have been done can be start the second main work esperonar, desullar or descavallar.

Esbrotar, esbordar or virbar: removal of branches located in the woody parts (arms and trunk) which are not in the spurs prepared in winter pruning. Each spur usually leave two major canes, the two strongest and which allow a good distribution of vegetation.

Esperonar, desullar or descavallar: removal of the axillary branches called esperons, ulls or cavalls. Extract all the axillary branches from the base to leave two or more at the top of each cane.

Besides these two main tasks to be performed manually, can be completed with other work can also be done by hand or mechanized:

Despuntar: cut the tips of the canes to slow vegetative growth and, secondly, harden the canes to protect them from wind.

Despampar: removal of some leaves next to the grapes to increase ventilation.

In traditional vineyards formed in free form, the main works are performed manually and when necessary also despuntar and despampar. Instead, on trellises plantation, esbrotar is done manually but in some cases esperonar is avoided and it is possible to despuntar and despampar mechanized.

Taste of vintage

cdbOn Saturday 25th October, as the prologue of the 27th Wine Festival of Gandesa held on 1st and 2nd November, the winery Celler Coma Bonetand ViOrigen organize an activity called TASTE OF VINTAGE will allow us to get a first idea ofthe new harvest 2014, recently completed.

The activity will consist, first, on a visit to the winery where we will explain how different wines are made. Then there will be a tasting of wines from grape varieties grown in the winery, in order to:

- Know the different enological characteristics of each variety

- Appreciate the quality of the base wines in 2014

- Distinguish the contributions of each wine in the final blend.

The varieties we will taste are:

- White: White Grenache and Viognier

- Red:Red Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Merlot

This will help us to know the wines from a different perspective and to feel like a winemaker for a day.

The activity fee is 8 euros per person and is designed for groups of up to 8 people with 2 hour shifts during the morning or afternoon.

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ViOrigen travels to California

Imatge Viatge a CaliforniaOn 5th November, a few days after the 27th Wine Festival of Gandesa, three of us, Jaume Martí of Agricola Sant Josep from Bot, Josep Vicens of Celler Josep Vicens and Jordi Navarro of ViOrigen, made a trip to various wine regions in the US state of California to discover the wonders of some of the most important AVA (American Viticultural Area).

First, we made several visits to the wine country of Sonoma Valley AVA. This area, known as the birthplace of the California wine industry, is located in the northern California coast forming a valley where vineyards are protected from the direct influence of the Pacific Ocean.

The first winery we visited was Preston, a winery located in the subregion of Dry Creek AVA. We were attended personally by Matt, the winemaker. He explained to us various aspects of their wines, which we later tasted and commented on. Varietals wines of White Grenache, Marsanne, Cisault, Zinfandel (logo variety of Sonoma) and coupages of Zinfandel with Syrah and Petit Syrah.

The second visit was Ridge Vineyards, also in Dry Creek AVA. We were taken on a personal tour where we tasted 10 wines from several coupages with Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. All were of high quality and some of them extraordinary.

The third winery in Sonoma Valley was Thomas George Estates, located in Russian River AVA. In this winery we tasted their Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

After Sonoma, we travelled to Napa Valley. This valley, nearly parallel to Sonoma but further inland, is one of the most famous in the world for the quality of its wines and for being a pioneer in enotourism.

In Napa Valley AVA, we want to emphasize a visit to Robert Mondavi Winery located in Oakville. Inger, Senior Wine Educator, introduced us to the wine region with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (Fumé Blanc). She showed us the entire cellar and prepared a special taste of some of their best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon wine, finished with an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon from 1993.

The wine experience ended in Central Coast, in the wine area of Santa Ynez Valley AVA of Santa Barbara County. This area lies between two mountain ranges that run perpendicular to the coast and so has its own microclimate with a difference of 1°C per mile, decreasing from west to east. In this area, known by the movie Sideways (2004), we visited several wineries and Tasting Rooms as Taste of Sta. Rita Hills (Lompoc), Consumable Art (Los Olivos) and Dierberg Star Line (Lompoc). In this area Pinot Noir is the protagonist wine variety.

We also would like to emphasize the visit to the winery Dragonette Cellars where Brandon, one of the winemakers, explained to us how they produce the different wines, which we then tasted. Two white wines, Sauvignon Blanc and White Grenache and five reds, Grenache, two Pinot Noir and two Syrah.

It has been a very fruitful trip where we could enjoy California wines of very high quality with great professional people. In addition, we have seen different types of wineries in different regions and we discovered how the successful Californian enotourism industry works. It certainly has a powerful infrastructure, dedicated to the professional care of visitors and a specialized network of Tasting Rooms.

The schedule for August: Wine Sightseeing Activities by ViOrigen

combiTo finish off the wine year 2013-2014 ViOrigen proposes two special activities to enjoy what we have nearby.

On Saturday August 23, ViOrigen present Wine & History. An act which will consist of a tour of the historic Gandesa (twelfth century - nineteenth century) commented by the local historian Mr. Anton Monner. On this visit we review the major events that marked the history of Gandesa from Reconquista to the Carlist Wars. The event will end with a wine tasting of several local wineries. For the occasion, we can taste several wines that mean an homage to the history of the town: El Templari (Celler Bàrbara Forés), Set Sitis (Germans Balart) and Ranci (Celler Cooperatiu Gandesa).

And to close the month on Saturday August 30, ViOrigen organizes Wine & Nature activity in the village of Benifallet. The event will include a guided tour to the caves of Benifallet, a spectacle of nature where the power of water and time have carved a great work of art. Finally, enjoy a wine tasting from Sant Josep Vins winery from Bot in the presence of Jaume Martí, director of marketing for the winery. This tasting will include the following wines: Clot d'Encís blanc 2013, Llàgrimes of Tardor blanc 2010, Clot d'Encís negre 2013 and Plana d'en Fonoll negre 2013.

 

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