Saturday, November 30, 2013

olive harvest almost done........

Harvesting olives is hard work, everything has to be done by hand. We have 2 pneumatic cambs, which goes quicker, but also  damich the olive trees a little.
2 man arranging the  nets for collecting the olives, 2 man using the pneumatic  cambs, en I collecting the olives from the nets to put into the remolque ( trailer). At the end of the day we have with 5 man 1300 kg of olives, puff a lot of work. And the olives are small this year, otherwise we can have double the kg!
Maybe next year when we are lucky.

preparing the harvest of the olives in 2013

remolque full with fresh arbequina olives.
 The olives goes the same day to the mill, and processed total separate that night, centrifuged and stocked in the reserved Terra Personas Inox Tank.

a lot of work to arrange the nets, for these small olives.

one of our last tree, witch the crew of this year.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Olive Harvest started at Terra Personas

This week we have started with the olive harvest of our arbequina trees.

Nice small olives, smaller than other years due to the lack of rain, and more black in colour.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Spain is all or nothing!

Spain is all or nothing! The last 3 days it has been raining, we are on a low pressure area, that means often in this time of the year that it can rain. But nothing is sure, we are in a mountainousness area and in Falset, the "city"of the region of the Priorat it rains 50 % more than were we are 8 km to the other direction.

This year started as a good year for the rain, in the first months we were happy, enough rain for the olive-trees and vines. But the last rain was approx. in may. The period of may till mid November no rain at all. Everything was very very dry, the olive trees has water-stress.

Finally rain, to late for the olive harvest, we harvesting them tomorrow, but water for the vines and olive trees for the next growing year. It rains the last 3 days in a total of 180 mm!! A lot, to much in one time. That is Spain all or nothing!

A lot of damage on the road and the walls of the finca. Deep  furrow on the road up to my house, not possible to drive any more.  The river El Siurana is a very  fast flowing river now, I can hear the water moving over the big boulders in our house above the mountain.

Also 5 walls of our finca collapse, a lot of work to restore them.

Yes, I am happy, not for the extra work, and sit still for 3 days in our house next to the stove, but for the vines and olive trees that the have plenty of water and are ready again for the season 2014.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Autumn in Spain, beautiful colours.

Garnacha Negra in the morning sun, with the 0ver 100 years old masia, Mas De Panxo
 (Translated into:  Lord on the horse)

Carinena the small bunches, not suitable to make wines from it.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

no words

This week I was driving from La Figuera to El Molar, round 17.30. The last days are more colder and clear skies. And then when the day is almost finished the give the most beautiful pictures here in the Priorat.

I count 8 mountain raws on one view! No words, pure nature..

Saturday, November 2, 2013

3 Terroir: The grapes of Terra Personas

The third and last part Terroir of Terra Personas is about the grapes.
There is a lot of talk about terroir in the business. The do talk about nonsense or  to reality.
It is a a matter of approach I think.

In the Montsant you have a lot of differences in wines all made from Garnacha and  Carinena.
Altitude make more fresher, acid wines with less colour due to the colder temperatures.
Lower parts has a higher temperature so more colours and  polyphenols  and a higher pH.

The soils make a big difference, have you a lot of chalk or are you mainly based on sand or only on slate.
That give the grapes differences in complex, minerality etc.
Do you water the vines, or you let them regulate theme self, gives a big difference in there complexibility together with low yields.

And then the winemaking, are you steering to more complex structured wine what reflects the terroir or to a pleasant easy to drink wine type? And the coupage, Carinena is the proud of the Monsant, the best in Spain in my view ( on low yields and old grannies), gives extra character to the wines.
So what is Terroir and what isn't, that is just a matter of approach I all comes from the lands!

microclimate at Terra Personas.