Varieties and Hectares, One by One

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Every now and then it’s worth stopping to take a closer look at some aspects of the wine world that are important and ones that, as consumers, we sometimes aren’t aware of. This is the case with the grape varieties that are grown in Spain and in Catalonia. Can you guess how many hectares of ...

Oak, please

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We're always talking about wine aging in French or American oak barrels. Months of repose in receptacles intentionally crafted to give the wine a different personality. A fuller body, more flavor. A stronger identity. But, what exactly is a barrel and where did it come from?   The origins and history of the barrel  Thousands of years ago, ...

Discovering Jean Leon

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Few people knew Jean Leon as well as Jaume Rovira and Ana Carrión. The former is the enologist who worked alongside Jean Leon from the beginning to the end, and the latter is Jean Leon's younger sister. They hadn't seen each other for a long time. They ran into each other at the most recent ...

Pruning: Traditional vs. Italian System

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The man responsible for planting and caring for the Jean Leon vineyards is Josep Bruna Masana. He planted over 70% of the vines growing on the estate today. For over 30 years he has planted, pruned and cared for the vines. He knows them all. The young, the old, the ones in between. And he ...

Women Writing the Future of Wine

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Women are taking the reins. The wine world is undergoing a quiet female-driven transformation, which deserves far more attention and recognition. Why? Because it is key to moving the industry forward. Professional, independent and curious women are listening and getting involved. From knowing the land to opening a bottle, women are represented throughout the value chain (if ...

The Science of Wine (2/2)

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Ampelography Ampelography is the science of studying, identifying and classifying different grape varieties. The discipline is also responsible for astonishing genetic discoveries that explain the origins of many varieties. Physiology Physiology studies the grapevine's growth cycle and root system (in botany, the root system refers to all of the roots of a given plant); how the plant absorbs ...

The Science of Wine (1/2)

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A passion built on knowledge The rise of winemaking as an academic field during the 20th century and the resulting body of research have brought about scientific advances that have changed the wine world. Today's wines are top-quality products that not only respect, but reinforce the environment while creating a social fabric built on knowledge and ...