Priorat: Vulnerability Facing Climate Change

Priorat
With Antoni Sánchez-Ortiz
May 27 2021

Summary:

Rick's Pick: University of Tarragona instructor and winemaker, Antoni Sanchez-Ortiz focuses on climate change and how viticulture must adapt in Spain’s DOQ Priorat region.

The mesoclimate determines climatic differences due to the topography of the Priorat and that give rise to local modifications or changes that can affect to more or less ample extensions. Factors that condition them include distance to the sea, altitude, orientation, exposure, and latitude. Between nearby municipalities, noticeable differences in temperature, precipitation, insolation and thermal amplitude can be seen, which affect the processes of growth, bud breaking, fruit formation, ripening and, ultimately, the composition of grapes. The prediction of an interval of concentrations of color and tannins would be of utmost importance to define qualities and styles of wine, given the great inter-parcel variability observed in plots of Grenache and Carignan vines within the Priorat DOQ.

Presenter:  Antoni Sánchez-Ortiz

Here is his bio, as narrated by Antoni: 

I was born in December 4th, 1978 into a family with few financial resources in a small valley in the Spain’s Pyrenees. Although my parents never had the chance to go to school, I had some talent to study science and so continued my studies until college. After five years in college, I majored in analytical chemistry and more particularly to assess the degree of chemistry in the University of Barcelona. After I worked in corrosion of automobile engines and intercoolers using the Swaat Tecnique, at Frape Behr. Quickly I moved into the development of a GC-MS (gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy) methods to determine fatty acid composition from raw materials (mainly palm and coconut oil), where I worked at Henkel Düsseldorf plant in Germany for one year after obtaining a scholarship.

It was there almost by chance where I took a course of wine tasting and there began my interest in the discovery of quality wines. Consequently I fell in love with fine wines. In the following years, after studying enology within the University Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Spain) and the University Victor Segalen in Bordeaux. I  graduated as a winemaker at 23 years of age. For 18 years now I have worked full time within the demanding context of producing world-class wines, both as a winemaker and as a viticulturist in the renowned appellation of Priorat,Spain. For many years I have also worked closely with the renowned French consulting enologist Claude Gross, and have travelled to California to study the Pinot Noir blending techniques of Sea Smoke Cellars, the acclaimed Pinot Noir producer near Santa Barbara, California.  I like obtaining outstanding fine wines with a unique personality, making a superb red wine in the Priorat wine growing region, as an expression of varietal and site showcases the best which region’s true native character. Currently, with the consulting company I am also committed to producing one of the high-end, handmade organic olive oil in Spain’s Pyrennees. My conviction that great wine results from an intimate knowledge of the land arises from additional experience in vineyard management and climate warming studies as a PhD candidate with the Viticulture Department at the Faculty of Enology in Tarragona. 


4 comments

  • Veronica Ruiz
    Veronica Ruiz Tuesday, 27 July 2021 21:37

    Antoni, explains so well. Beautiful and Interesting Presentation. Another super webinar !

  • Rick Fisher
    Rick Fisher Friday, 18 June 2021 16:28

    Dan, I reached out to Antoni and below is the information you requested:

    This is the link for the International Master: http://www.wintour-master.eu | European Master on Wine Tourism Innovation (WINTOUR). Any additional request on the Wintour master our coordinator is: cinta.sanzi@urv.cat.

    I hope this helps!

    Rick Fisher, Spanish Programs Director

  • Karin Rockstad
    Karin Rockstad Thursday, 17 June 2021 22:36

    This was excellent! Thank you!

  • Dan Immel
    Dan Immel Thursday, 17 June 2021 16:42

    Thanks to WSG and Antoni for this webinar. This went deep in to but also WAY beyond just what is happening in Priorat; so many things for us to consider.

    Also, where can we find more information on the program that was mentioned, with studies in both Porto and Bordeaux? Thank you for your help.

    Dan Immel


Priorat Grape Vine Vulnerability in Front of Climate Change with Antoni Sánchez-Ortiz