Monday, 22 June 2009
Neither Juanillo nor I could go unfortunately, but our wine was there.
I don't have any photos showing said wine at the moment, but here's one with a beer drinker and of Juanjo (worker at BAH-Galapagos) at a stall in the market.
Monday, 1 June 2009
We set up a little table where whe gave out our leaflets and free samples of our wine
For more details on the activites see here:http://www.gruposdeconsumo.blogspot.com (in Spanish only)
Here are some photos:
I think I only spilt about half-a-liter of the precious liquid (and tasted a few glasses for quality-control purposes!). In the end we got 290 bottles, which are now stored here:
We're going to start distributing them at the end of June, so we have time to print and attach the labels. This will be the first time we attach labels to our wine since the project stated 5 years ago. There are exactly 250 bottles available and we're going to number them by hand. The labels are almost ready and the creatives at
Hola Por Qué are working overtime to try and make all that text I sent them fit into a rather small label!
Technical details on the Tinto Crianza 2007:
- Grape variety: 100% Tempranillo
- 10 months in American oak barrel
- 14% vol.
- This wine will definitely improve with age. The bottles should be kept (for at least 1 year) in a place which is dark, quiet, at around 18ºC, with no smells or vibrations. Unfortunately, we can't keep the bottles in the winery over the summer as it gets too hot in there and there's too big a risk of the wine spoiling.
The tasters: 12 usual suspects who habitually meet up in La Vinícola of a Tuesday evening after picking up the organic veg
Raw materials: 2 bottles of the recently-bottled Crianza 2007
Results: animated and quasi-philosphical conversations; we were just about to finish sorting out the world's problems, but they threw us out at 1:00 am!
We forgot to take photos but this can be remedied by leaving a comment, which can be done by clicking on the comentarios link just below :)
The exhibition was held in a bookstore/coffee house called Democrazy in Chueca, Madrid.
It was a really interesting event for us, good fun, and a good opportunity to promote our wines. I think we'll be doing more of this sort of thing in the future :)
They were going to bring a donkey but they said the vineyard was too big, so in the end they brought a horse instead.
Preparing the horse for ploughing
Ploughing in the vineyard
Here we can see the "semi-automated bottle-washing line", with a stategically placed bottle on the hydraulic bottle-washer!
We are almost ready to bottle the Crianza 2007. It's spent 10 months in oak and is very good (even if I say so myself!). This weekend we washed over 300 bottles that you've been returning to us these days. Recycling all the way!
When we have an exact date for the bottling, I'll publish it, in case anyone wants to come out to help.
Here are the boxes (also recycled) full of nice clean bottles, ready for filling.
On Monday 6 April, we received a surprise visit from La Ortiga, an organic produce consumer group from Granada. In the morning we saw the little vineyard in Carabaña and then the two large plots in Ambite (see photos). The on to the winery, where we did some quality control on the different wines. :)
Well, we didn't manage to finish in time. On the one hand, it's no big deal as the vine will survive perfectly without our 'help'. Vines have been around for about 200 million years, which is a lot longer than homo sapiens! On the other hand, though it'll be even harder to prune them next year, as they'll be even longer and more firmly rooted. Also, the harvest will be less than what it could have been.
Basically, the results were:
- 3 ha well-pruned
- 3 ha recovering unpruned (there was nothing there to prune)
- 3 ha unpruned, which should have been pruned
So, 6 ha done according to plan, and 3 unpruned.
¿Why did we not manage to do the last 3 ha?
1. Bad planning. There was much more work than we thought. We didn't calculate the man-hours required accurately.
2. We didn't call for help! We should have sent an SOS to our consumers and organised an emergency pruning campaign!
Oh well - lessons learned. It won't happen again!
It's more complicated than we thought. Some of the vines are really long, some have rooted in the middle of the rows and it's very time-consuming to cut them or uproot them.
The deadline for the pruning campaign is the day the vines start to sprout, which looks like it could be at the beginning of April this year. We'll need a lot of help to finish the Cab Sauv and also the Temp. Also, we're going to have to speed up and do quick-and-dirty pruning as opposed to an optimal one!
Last Sunday (18 january 2009) we started pruning. This year we started with the new vineyard in Ambite which is planted to Tempranillo (picture shown above). This vineyard is a little more complicated to prune than usual, as it has lain abandoned for two years. We have to cut the vines right back to recover the shape and structure and also ensure that we get some fruit this year too.
If anyone is interested in lending a hand, and/or learning how to prune, just call us.
If anyone wants to come to the winery to lend a hand, just call.
We have two wines available at the present time:
- "Vinos Ambiz" ypoung white '08
- "Vinos Ambiz" young red '08 ('carbonic maceration')
The crianza is nowhere near ready yet. We should be bottling it sometime in May or June 2009.
Off-Limits, c/Escuadra, Lavapiés
Open invitation to anyone who would like to taste some local, organic wines.
This event has two objectives:
Choosing a name
After five years of anonimity and mental anguish, we just can't take it any more! The time has come to choose a name, and this is time and the place to do it!
So, send your suggestions:
- as a comment to this article;
- or by email to email@example.com;
- or by SMS to 687-050-010
We'll draw up a short-list with your suggestions and hold the vote during the tasting.