The understanding of centuries of culture and history can be physically seen through the production of wine and olive oil. The purpose of the excursion was not to get free things. However, to understand the emotions and importance of these globally known products to the Catalan culture. Our tour guide, Albert, led us to areas of the winery that shows their pride and joy. The cellar is a time capsule that shows us the progression of the winery. To them, the aged dusty wine that has been preserved embodies the countless hours of work. I have always seen wine as just another drink that could be found at the local jewels. I perceived it as an option to a fun night. However, wine is priority much like water. This concept is thus seen at a higher in the eyes of the producers. These bottles are put into the display as trophies. Though the winery offers a variety of wines, this means something. Furthermore, the date made are not systematic. Therefore, I infer that these for bottles are either from a great harvest, award winning, or they have some sort of sentimental value to the owner.
The passion of the producers is demonstrated in words. Like an artist, it is amazing to see their work of art in the in the end. At the olive factory the owner, Antonio, was proud to tell us the entire process of making olive oil. He explained the importance of every step taken to make it. In comparison to wine, olive oil is a much quicker process that can be either the traditional route or the modern machine route. Olive oil, just like wine, plays a vital role in Spanish cuisine. I Chose to the pick of the baby olives because of one vital reason. These are the same olives that are the pride and joy of Antonio. More importantly, they were right outside his front door. Those olives, along with the grapes, will be taken care of as they are the producers own children. My father was a farmer back in Mexico. I have some sort of understanding of what goes into having good crops. I also understood what it meant when he told also about the dry season. It’s unfortunate that we weren’t here during harvesting season. It would’ve been nice to see what the traditional process really looks like.