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Iberian Harvest Report

the harvest

Last week, we sent out an email to both Portuguese and Spanish wineries asking for a brief quote in English about their region. Interestingly, we’ve received several quotes from Quintas around Portugal, but very few from Bodegas in Spain.

However, considering the harvest has commenced as early as August in some regions, and as late as November in others, we felt an ongoing commentary might be worthwhile. Therefore, every Friday, we will post all the updates we’ve received throughout the week, and if we haven’t covered a specific region that sparks your interest, please don’t hesitate to ask.

PORTUGAL

Ribatejo
José Monteiro de Matos – Quinta Monteiro de Matos

“Harvest is delayed around 1 week, but the treatments were made at the correct time, and we will have a slightly increase in production this year. The grapes are in a good sanitary condition, and we are expecting great wines.”

Douro
Sebastião Mesquita – Quinta de Ventozelo

“This year’s harvest has been delayed two weeks. It’s been a very humid year with high temperatures during the maturation stage, a very positive situation for the phenolic maturation and tannins levels. The current situation is promising: the acid-sugar balance is very good and we have high levels of polyphenols. If weather conditions remain the same for the next 2 or 3 weeks, we foresee an excellent harvest”

José Moreira – Sociedade Agrícola Quinta Seara d’Ordens, Lda
“In accordance with the 3 finish weeks of good time, perspective a good year of quality. The beginning of vindima will be in day 12 of September, starting with the White wines and followed with the Reds. All the grapes are with a very good state of maturation, even so the level of amount wait a lesser harvest in relation to the last years. Summarizing we find that we will have one year of great quality.”

SPAIN

Yecla
Guillermo Planas – Bodegas Castano
“Slight rainfall in November and December and not very low minimum temperatures during this period. Mild winter continued in January and February with some precipitation. Abundance of rainfall during March and April, dull cloudy weather and low temperatures. Delayed Sprouting due to unstable weather. Rare soft summer temperatures for this season and lack of precipitation. Vegetative cycle still behind 10-12 days for all varieties with respect to last year’s. The rainfall at the moment of sprouting and during winter helped the non- irrigated vineyards resist this dry summer without much hydric stress. Sanitary condition is very good. Complete absence of plagues or diseases such as mildium or oidium in the vineyard. Harvest of Chardonnay was started on 21st August.

In general, there was less production than previous years, but more vigor in some vineyards and therefore slightly bigger berries and bunches. There was a good balance between fruit and foliage and hopefully a correct maturing for all varieties. Subsequently, there will be a good quality of grapes if weather continues being favourable.”

Priorat
Joseph Puig – Odysseus Wines

“In the Priorat region, the vintage 2.007 is very dry as it only rained a bit during April and May. The production is low, probably lower than last year and some winmakers started to harvest earlier than ever seen in the region, at the end of August mainly with the Syrah and Cabernet and also some whites. The land is already poor by itself, as the soil is mainly slate and quarz, the old vineyards showing a poor production every year ( 10/12 Hectoliters per Hectar) and probably this 2.007 still less, with less weight and higher sugar contents. We are now approximately at the middle of the crop.”

Formentera, Baleries Islands
Xavier Figuerola – Bodegas Cap de Barbaria

“2007 is the best harvest of the short history of our wine. First harvest was in 2003. We have had a very mild summer, with not very hot days and quite chilly evenings in July and especially in August which allowed a slow and progressive ripeness of the fruit, particularly the skins of the grapes, which are now perfect.
The quantity of fruit produced is much lower than 2006 which has allowed a greater concentration of sugar and poliphenols. The balance of sugar and acidity is the best of the last five years. We expect 2007 to be the best vintage of Cap de Barbaria wine till now.”

Ribera del Duero

This regional harvest report is listed on this winery’s blog, which also happens to be a client of ours. If you’re interested in the current happenings in the Duero, you may want to check out a few of their posts on their site.

Cheers and Enjoy!

Gabriella

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