My brilliant Aunt Celina

13 November 2015

There was a time in which the important thing for most women of Spain was to “marry well” with a man to be in charge of all matters related to their properties and businesses … But when among these issues are wine cellars, the call of blood and soil may be stronger than the social conventionalism in which one has been educated.

My aunt Celina studied enology when women did not study practically anything, and she did so no one had to tell her how to make her own wine…  That – old foremen said- was for men, also for men was to tame horses, and she has always done it great. Aunt Celina, does not care what others think. In the middle of August she reviewed one by one the boots of the winery personally to quantify losses. She never was afraid when rolling up her skirt and shirt to personally climb the racking ladder with a “aspilla” or “venencia” in hand … I remember her taking me to ride for the first time in his beautiful horse “Emperor” and giving me her particular home remedies for wasp stings.

She is a woman who reminds me of the aviatrix Amelia Earhart, my aunt has never been willing to leave her calling to take over someone else’s who may not make her too happy … She is that kind of women who makes important the wine world . Winemaker, winemaker´s daughter, aunt and sister of winemakers. She has her soul full of memories, I would love to have time to sit and listen all the stories from her lips, but she speaks too fast, as if she wants to tell me many things in the short time we spent together … ” look after the temperature of the cellar”, “this wine is very round “,” careful with losses … “.

I fell like having many bottles of Old Harvest with her. Thank God she still leans forward and with amazing agility touches the toe of her shoes with her hands … and she has more than eighty years.

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