25 November 2015
The last MET-APTIC meeting of 2016 was a resounding success. Thirty-five language professionals attended the talk by Alicia Martorell, who provided an insightful and entertaining look at how IT technology has changed our profession since the early 1980s.
This was followed by a lively group discussion on the pros and cons of translating in the digital age.
Many stayed on for a festive networking dinner at the lovely Teatreneu in Gràcia (Barcelona) to celebrate the success of these joint events, which have been going strong for five years. Plans are under way for the spring season, and the organizers welcome any ideas for talks, activities and new venues.
17 September 2016
First MET-APTIC outing
MET and APTIC team up to offer their members and friends an exceptional opportunity to network with colleagues, learn about wine and enjoy a day in the country. This special edition of our MET-APTIC Get-Togethers
takes us to beautiful Barberà de la Conca
where we’ll explore the vineyards, talk about wine translation, visit a historic “wine cathedral” and get to know the next generation of local winemakers. And enjoy some excellent wine, of course! Join us on Saturday, September 17th, for this exciting MET-APTIC excursion to one of Catalonia’s most interesting wine regions.
9:15-9:30 Meet at the village café
(Plaça Hospital). The café is opposite the Cooperativa Agrícola de Barberà de la Conca
, where you can park. To get to the café, go up the steps opposite the Cooperativa and the café is on the left as you walk into the square.
9:45 Vineyard walk + picnic breakfast
We’ll take a leisurely stroll through the vineyards during their busiest time of year: the grape harvest. Once we reach our destination, an 80-year-old hilltop vineyard, the owner will tell us about what happens in the vineyard throughout the year and we will sample some of the wines they produce. Having worked up an appetite, we’ll enjoy a picnic breakfast amid vines and pine trees with a stunning view of the village.
12:30 – 13:30 Talks on wine translation + wine cooperatives
MET member Aisha Prigann will give a brief talk on translating for the wine industry (in English). Then a local expert will provide a fascinating look at the history of wine cooperatives, a movement that has strong roots in Barberà de la Conca (in Catalan, or Spanish)). The village is home to the first wine cooperative in Spain, founded in 1894 by local farmers in the aftermath of the phylloxera outbreak and conflicts with landowners.
13:30 – 15:30 Poolside lunch
Great chance to try the local wines!
15:30 Visit to the Cooperativa Agrícola de Barberà de la Conca
Now that we know its history, it’s time to visit the legendary cooperative. The building is a cultural heritage site and one of the celebrated “wine cathedrals” designed by the architect Cesar Martinell. In addition to admiring the beautiful Modernista architecture, we’ll learn about the technical process of winemaking (in Catalan, or Spanish). We won’t be able to visit the actual winemaking area, because of the fermentation gases released at harvest time.
16:15-17:00 Visit to Viver de Celleristes
Barberà de la Conca not only boasts an illustrious winemaking past, it also has a vision for the future. Winemaking is an expensive endeavor and starting out can be a challenge. This is what led to the creation of the Viver de Celleristes, a relatively recent initiative that provides young winemakers with the tools and support to get their business started. Some of the most exciting wines currently produced in the DO Conca de Barberà have come out of this project.
This wraps up our day in Barberà de la Conca, but if you’d like to go for dinner and stay the night, contact local organizer Anne Murray
35 EUR (includes breakfast, lunch, and visits)
include transport Barcelona <> Barberà de la Conca or dinner and accommodation for anyone interested in spending the night.)
Sign-up and payment
To sign up for this event, send an e-mail to local organizer Anne Murray by Monday September 7th firstname.lastname@example.org
. Payment for the excursion is in advance. Please send a bank transfer, making sure to include your name and the purpose of payment, to MET’s account
. Sign-up is limited to 30 places
The event is initially reserved for MET-APTIC members. However, we will be pleased to accept non-members if there are still places available after September 7th.
see directions here
If you are coming by car and interested in car-sharing, please contact Aisha Prigann (MET) at email@example.com
or Anna Navarro
there is a train leaving Barcelona-Estació de França at 6:50 (and stopping at Passeig de Gràcia and Sants) that arrives in Montblanc at 9:06. Click here
for train details and here for return
details. Depending on how many people arrive by train, we will arrange a pick-up or taxi (costs to be shared among travelers). Montblanc is 8 km from Barberà de la Conca.
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Can’t wait? Sign up to our event page
and meet your fellow wine lovers in advance. We will keep you up to date on the arrangements and help you with any questions you might have.
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