Harvest in 1975. Me with my grandfather, my mother and my uncle, all together helping in the field work … kids also had a place.

History

I don’t know exactly how long my family has had vineyards, but everything makes me think that my great-grandfather, Francisco Miró Brunet, was the first member of the family to plant a vineyard, because my grandfather Olegario Miró Bosquet, born in 1899, already inherited a vineyard.”

The grandparents

 

My grandfather Olegario had his own winery, where he made and sold his wines, until 1959, when the cooperative was founded and he took the decision to become a member and close his own winery.

On my mother’s side, my grandfather Jaume Diego Rius, born in 1917, was a renowned empeltador (professional who grafts vineyards) and an expert in the work of the vineyard, the relationship between lunar cycles and the tasks of the vineyards and rest of crops, nowadays, we could define him as a “biodynamic grandfather”

Yayo Jaume & Yaya Roseta

Yayo Olegario & Yaya Madrona

Yayo Jaume & me

Miquel Miró & Elena Diego

My parents

My father, Miguel Miró Descarga, born in 1941, has continued working in the vineyards, as a member of the cooperative, until his retirement.

My mother, Elena Diego Vernet was born in 1945, she was helping her parents with household and field tasks, when she married my father in 1967 she was taking care of my grandparents and helping my father in the fields. In 1983, when my grandparents had already died, my mother opened a grocery store in the town to help the family economy from another perspective, unfortunately she had to close it in 1996 due to fibromyalgia that she still suffers.

1992

Since I was little I helped my father in his vineyards and other jobs and crops, I learned to prune, plow, harvest, cultivate vineyards, … but I was bored, because there was nothing else to do after the harvest …

Looking for the path between studies and jobs, in 1992 I began to work in the world of wine, marketing wines in two provinces of Catalonia for a winery in Penedès (Catalonia, Spain).

Well, looking at my story, maybe I didn’t start working in the wine world in 1992, maybe it’s my family tradition and I’ll just follow it.

But I am sure that the change arose in 1992, in the Penedès winery I discovered what there is after the harvest: the winemaking process and the marketing of the wine.

I at 18 months in the Molí de Corbera d’Ebre street for Corpus

Yayo Jaume & Me

My cat Ennak and Me

In 1995 I had the opportunity to go to work at Vinícola del Priorat, a cooperative winery in Priorat, where I still work. The challenge was very nice, almost everything had to be done, the whole project had to be defined and carried out, with a small team of people involved and very enthusiastic farmers, grateful to be able to learn and help a cooperative, for me, to help a cooperative was like helping my father, also a member of a cooperative.

1995

1999

Rosedno Ràfales Jornet during the enology course

After 4 very intense years and where I learned a lot, I planted my first vineyard, something had awakened that told me that I had to move on, that I had to learn more, that I had to be able to make the style of wine I had in mind.

In order to continue walking, the personal project began in 1999, with the planting of the first vineyard in the abandoned vineyards of my father-in-law, Rosedno Ràfales Jornet, things along the way, my father-in-law’s family also had a winery in Gandesa, where are the vineyards, even as a young man he studied some oenology, although he never dedicated himself. But since the father was active, he could not dispose of his vineyards.
As my father-in-law’s vineyards had been abandoned for many years, we had to start from scratch, uprooting vines although planting new ones again. To help define the new plantation project, 5 hectares of vineyard, I had the help and experience of my father, and also a more current and professional point of view such as that of Sisco Blanch, friend and agronomist, also viticulturist.

1999-2009

During the period from 1999 to 2009 I did not have a winery, I refreshed my memory and deepened in the field work, as well as starting to produce the first harvests in the winery of Miquel Aubà from Gandesa, it was time to learn to ferment, To run off and cleaning works among other things.

Miquel Aubà

Ignasi Carsí

2009

In 2009 we began the works of the winery, in Corbera d’Ebre, my hometown, and and where we already make the 2010 vintage.

The long-awaited moment had arrived, 10 years later I could start “cooking” everything I had in my head, the “big kitchen” but not a “small cellar” was now ready to go “from the head to the bottle” , the different styles of wine, perhaps not very typical of Terra Alta, not from nearby areas, but that I really wanted to elaborate and experiment with other concepts.
Full of many ideas, I needed someone to teach me how to make it happen, from here to thank Ignasi Carsí, now retired winemaker, great friend and best person, who with his patience, knowledge and experience guided me to achieve that the wines will pass from the head into the bottle.

2010

No matter how small the project is, one alone gets nowhere, Shaun Pentecost started working in the winery in 2010, we can say that we are a team of 2, we are enthusiastically overcoming obstacles.

Shaun Pentecost

Present and Future

What I could never imagine is that neither of my two daughters had any interest about the vineyard and wine, I don’t know if it’s the same way again, but Andrea began to “cook her ideas” with the 2017 harvest, although at 16 years ago he made two wines for the Baccalaureate Research Work, now at 20 he continues to enjoy it.
Aïda, at the age of 14, has made her first wine, I don’t know if neither of the two will continue to make, maybe they will be the fourth generation, or not, what I do know is that now the three of us enjoy it a lot, the “big kitchen “no” small cellar “is at home, but the future will tell.
All this is a lot of work, but also a fantastic experience and more since Andrea and Aïda have started their projects. Sharing with them the moments in the vineyard, the winery, the projects, each one their own but shared, is a very beautiful experience. I hope you can share and enjoy it through our wines, cheers!

With my father and daughters

Andrea

Aïda

The People

Jordi Miró Diego

After 7 years in the world of wine and with a nonconformist spirit and a rebellious point, in 1999 I planted my first vineyard to found what would later be the Winery, all of this to be able to experience and learn more about this world than everything and what late in terms of age, I was captivated.

All in all, the Winery’s approach was like a hobby, understanding as a hobby something you like … and it costs you money!

Throughout all these years I have been able to learn a lot of things, but I still want to continue learning and enjoying this world of wine, cheers.

Andrea Miró Ràfales

Aïda Miró Ràfales

Ignasi Carsí Costas

I was born in Barcelona, ​​but when I was very young I moved to La Vilella Baixa, a town located in the heart of Priorat and where I felt surrounded by a friendly environment, full of nature. I studied Professional Training in Oenology and Viticulture in Falset and later the Graduate in Oenology at the URV. I have worked in different Catalan regions and different Denominations of Origin: Priorat, Terra Alta, Baix and Alt Camp, Baix and Alt Penedès and Conca de Barberà, where I have made wines for cava base, whites, rosés, young and aged reds, sparkling , sweet and stale. The long friendship that unites me with Jordi Miró, due to the employment relationship and the most important the personal one, has made me get involved in the winery project as if it were my own, from the first moment. Today, due to a sudden change in my life, I have been able to realize one of my dreams as a young man, combining oenology with the writing of stories, short stories and novels. On my blog (costersdelletres.blogspot.com) you can find my writings. And that is: What could be better than combining a reading with a glass of the thoughtful and elaborate wines of Jordi Miró? Just a story in which both worlds are combined.

Sisco Blanch Batiste

Although Jordi Miró and I are from Terra Alta, a land of good vineyards and wines, we both met in Priorat, when I was linked to the DOQ PRIORAT as a field technician.

Since then, our friendship has led us to follow parallel paths in Terra Alta: Jordi with the wine and I with the vineyards. He learns from me when it comes to growing vineyards and I from him as a great person who knows how to transmit the spirit of “Terraltí” (from Terra Alta) wine.

It is necessary to continue linking the vineyard and the wine, and this is and will be the goal of Celler Jordi Miró.
Cheers!

Shaun Pentecost

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