In my last post “The Birth of Carinyena” I told you that we wondered why they bothered replanting that plot which seemed so far from their other plots. Well, the last time I hiked up there I met the winemaker heading in the other direction. He stopped his truck and we chatted for a couple of minutes. I was surprised to see him coming down the dirt road past where the new vines had been planted. I was seriously like a little kid as I stumbled over my words trying to ask if the plots of vines down the road were part of the winery where we live. He said yes and I believe he said there were ten plots that were theirs. I was excited because I didn’t think they belonged to this winery and that means I have a LOT MORE vines to explore! YIPPEE!
The winemaker was out checking on the condition of the grapes. A normal process but right now not a very happy one. The 2020 growing season started off with what looked like was going to be an amazing harvest. We had a mild winter and spring was fairly warm with rain. While we were in lockdown the vines were growing like crazy! When we were finally able to get out an walk the vineyard again we were excited to see how happy the vines were.
Unfortunately, the rain that was once beneficial became constant and too much. Not just in this vineyard but throughout the DO of Alt Penedès there is now a plague of mildew. It is extremely serious. Some of the plots look okay like the grape photos above but then there are others that look awful. The past week walking in the vineyard I am almost brought to tears. I know the vines are not mine and I know that any kind of farming is difficult but it is just so devastating to see.
To add to the joy that 2020 is proving to be…of course the COVID-19 pandemic and thus the closing of all restaurants and bars, etc. already caused huge losses in wine sales here. So, add to that the plague of mildew and this year’s harvest now looking to be a disaster…enough is enough.
I think I need a glass of wine now. Make that a bottle…we must support the vineyards!