Prowling my world, camera in hand

12 July 2010

Week 26: Peter Arnold wines

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The highlight of the week was a visit to Peter Arnold’s bodega, chosen by the Guardian as one of the 10 most beautiful wineries in the world. But I start with some pictures from around here.

One evening we went to the chiringuito for mojitos. Going out is very much a family thing here in Spain:


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Couples at the chiringuito:

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My son is home from England this month, and the whole family enjoys having him here:

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Want to buy or rent an empty lot?:

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The Miracle of the Cactus. When my mother died in 2001, I took this cactus, one of her favourite plants, with me from Copenhagen to Zurich. Later this little potted plant moved with me to the Netherlands, and still later to Spain. Twice a year it rewards me with this fantastic sight; it lasts just 24-36 hours before the flower wilts. When I see it, it is as if my mother were talking to me through her flower:

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And now on to Peter Arnold. He is German, his wife English, and they came to Spain from South Africa in 2002. Peter was educated in wine making in Germany, and in South Africa he worked for one of the big wine producers there. But the couple had a dream of starting their own small winery, and decided to come to Spain to realize their dream. Here is Peter among his vines:

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Production is small, only about 18-20 tons of grapes a year. Some of them homegrown, some bought from nearby growers. The grapes are picked by family and friends–there are no employees:

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This is a small-scale operation in every way. Here is the press used to crush the grapes:

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We sat down to a nice tapas lunch prepared by Peter’s wife Helen (and partly served by their 8-year old daughter), while tasting the wines. Peter explained each wine with a pride of a father:

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The cellar where the wine matures:

More information about the winery is here.


  1. The last 3 photos tell a great story, Nathan. Thanks.


    Comment by Chris Barker — 12 July 2010 @ 09:03

  2. Nathan,

    You have posted photos and thoughts about the “Miracle Cactus” previously. As much as I enjoy your photos and photo essays, I really enjoy and admire your connection to your world. That the cactus is so meaningful to you is telling beyond words. Though perhaps the “smallest” of the photos here, the cactus makes the greatest impact on me because I know the context.


    Comment by Chuck DeSantis — 12 July 2010 @ 12:54

  3. Nathan- We bought the same cactus this spring while at our place in the Calif. desert- Borrego Springs (which had a 5.4 earthquake a week ago). We were disappointed that the blossoms didn’t last- but also didn’t know that they bloom twice a year. Our Mexican gardener hadn’t seen one like it. Best, from the left side of the USA, Stasys

    Comment by Stasys Petravicius — 13 July 2010 @ 01:39

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