And we’re back. We are grateful to continue one more year with our learning and accompanying. We face a 2023 with renewed resolutions, and we go back to good habits. We don’t want to miss the opportunity to involve you in all the things we do, the new projects we propose, the people we collaborate with, all this great web of which we are part.
But first, a moment of reflection. The world is changing, times are changing, conventions are changing… Everything seems to be in constant motion. Meanwhile, vines, vines and nature, in general, have another rhythm, slower, more organic. And yet, it is not without receiving the consequences of the acceleration of the world.
One of the first things we do when we start the year is to check Maria Thun’s lunar calendar. We consider the new cycle based on this calendar, observing how the year will go in general. And we search for the perigees* in the calendar. We check that they are far from the full moon. We don’t want to repeat another 2020 (a vintage when we lost more than 80 % of the harvest). Luckily, there won’t be any case like that one this year, and this should be a joy for us, but Sara’s comment was: “I’d prefer there was a case like that one, because that would mean water is coming.”
And, if there is something we need in 2023, it’s water… The Mas Martinet water tank is empty, water does not enter since we can’t remember when… Not a drop… which means that the mountain is dry, the forest is dry, the vineyard is dry. Everything is dry.
So, if we must ask for something, if we can ask for something, we ask for water. Water, water, and lots of water. Water, and that’s it.
And that you continue to accompany us on this trip. Keep reading, listening and, above all, drinking wine. Happy New Year 2023.
* Perigee: It is the point in the orbit of a satellite at which its body is closest to the body around which it orbits, that is, the point at which the Moon and Earth are closest. Perigees and apogees (the opposite phenomenon) occur in each lunar orbit, because the Moon traces an ellipse (and not a circle) around the Earth. This causes the perigee moon (or a moon full of perigee) to look larger and brighter than the rest of the full moon nights (in fact, the difference is practically imperceptible to the naked eye, but it is there), and this is why the perigee moon is sometimes popularly called a supermoon.