2021 started in a dramatic fashion in much of Spain with the arrival of storm Filomena. Instagram was full of snowy vineyard pictures from producers full of enthusiasm with the beautiful sight. They were also excited about the way melt water would top up water tables for the year ahead, and the useful effect of the big freeze on vine pests.
Yet it will also be remembered as the year when the roof of Vall Llach’s lovely old winery in the heart of Porrera village in Priorat caved in under the weight of snow, damaging vats and amphoras.
Elsewhere some producers who weather wine in glass demijohns found them shattered by falling branches. Still, if the coming spring and summer bring no more extremes, 2021 may be a vintage to remember, a partner to the outstanding 2001.