First glimpse of the vineyard

Dwarf Vines

Dwarf Vines

This is the vineyard and, as you can see, the vines are quite small and stunted.

The soil is stony and poor here. This means that the vine has had to spend a lot of its energy in getting its roots really far down in order to find water. Because of this, the vine above ground is dwarfed in appearance.

Toni blocking the view

Toni blocking the view

This greater rooting depth is important. There are trace elements far down in the soil which can be taken up by the roots. This can lead to a greater minerality in the wine and also means that wines from this site are going to taste completely different than those made from the same grapes from another site which perhaps uses irrigation (as is common in hot regions in the New World).

When a vine is irrigated (or in an area with lots of rainfall), the roots of the vine will stay near the surface in order to take up the readily available water. Wines from these kinds of sites can often lack identity or taste very similar to each other. It is hard to pinpoint their origin. So a wine made from this vineyard should be pretty much unique and identifiable as a Priorat wine.

Err, that isn’t me by the way, he is Toni, my Spanish friend and owner of the vineyard. Ironically he does look like a more slim-line version of me!


To begin with…

Hello everyone (or anyone?).

Thanks for clicking on to this site to have a look at what it’s all about. In a nutshell, I’m a winemaker and I will be making a wine (or two) this year in Catalonia (Spain). This website has been set up for you to be able to follow all my winemaking decisions and see the whole process from grape to bottle so that hopefully you can have a real connection to the wine.

For more detailed information about the whole Cunning Anchovy concept please click on the links ABOUT ANCHOVY and PROJECTS.  I’m going to be posting blogs slightly irregularly. Sometimes every day. Sometimes you won’t hear anything for a week or two, it will just depend on how busy I am and what is actually happening in the winery. So, if you’d like to keep in touch with what is going on then the best way is to click on the link “FOLLOW BLOG VIA EMAIL” on the right hand side. This will send you an email every time I put a post up.  

Finally, I should say that this site has been made for those with a curiosity about wine. I will be trying to keep it informative but not needlessly technical. If you want to know about anything I’m doing in more detail, then either put on a comment or email me directly and I will answer you as soon as I can with as in-depth a response as you wish.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading…