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... gt;Celler de Capçanes</a>, was named after the village within which it resides. Phylloxera devastated the village viticulture in the late 19<sup>th</sup> century. Afterwards, only about 1/15<sup>th</sup> of the original area under vine was replanted, mainly with Grenache, and now are some of the oldest vines in the area. In 1933 five families in the village collaborated to setup the cooperative to make bulk wine at very ...
... bulk wine, mainly from Carignan due to its robust nature and ease of production although some Grenache was also replanted, as this was native to the area.
The Spanish Civil War and World War 2 also had a significant negative impact on the area.
It was not until the 1970s that the Cellars de Scala Dei using grapes from the same vineyards as the monks started to move towards bottled wines in a more French fine wine style. These ...
We headed off this morning to a tiny village called Priorat to taste wine from a small winery called Scala Dei (ladder to heaven), we also got to tour the facility and see how they go through the process of wine making, including going into the barrel room. The Scala Dei winery reinvented itself in the 70's and changed the way they made wine - they started leaving the stems in when crushing the grapes which gave them a superior product. Also, their wine ...
... meets and fruit and cake for dessert - this lovely meal was accompanied by a fabulous Torres red. After lunch we went on a small tour of the bodega - got some information about the grape varieties, the history of the Torres family and the wines. We then climbed the Bodega's tower and finished off the afternoon with a wine tasting of four Torres wines. I think the combination of the warm weather, a big lunch and drinking a lot of wine made me feel a little unwell ...
... was located on a uphill slope, I stalled a couple times before getting out of the parking lot (there was 2 cars behind me and I was so scared that I was going to run back into the car behind me).
2nd challenge, Getting onto the Freeway. After the parking lot incident, I was too nervous to drive on the main street, so I decided to stay in the alley way alone the main street to avoid blocking traffic big time. I think it would only take me about 15 minutes on the ...
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