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Spanish Wine Harvest Estimates Part 2

Part 2 of my translations of the Spanish Wine Harvest Report. Thanks again to Janelle for helping me with the translations. I hope to have the last part up early next week.

Till soon, Ryan Opaz


    There was a very good winter with rains and cold temperatures at the right times, as well as a moderate spring. In August two days of intense rains caused breakage of grapes in some areas of the region, giving rise to rotting and a delay in maturation. The heat wave in the beginning of the month deterred the rotting of the grapes caused by the storm as well as considerably increasing the quality.

  • In the Ycoden-Daute-Isora region the losses reached 25%, caused by the appearance of botrytis, which affected some of the parcels in the area of Palmar almost in their entirety. Tacoronte and Valle of the Orotava calculate losses from 30% to 40%, as well as in the Valley of Güímar, where a 30% of red grapes will be lost and a 20% of white.
    Although the intense heat had some beneficial effects in some areas, restraining the appearance of botrytis, in others, it caused an advance of the harvest that will affect the quality of some areas.

Castile-La Mancha

  • Almansa the vegetative state of the vineyard is good, with health and full maturity of very good clusters. These had a good fullness, having reached a normal size with very good quality. The influence of the drought has been low in this zone.
  • LaMancha This year has seen an advance in the maturation of the grape due to the intense drought that has affected the whole country, especially in the central region. In general, it can be said that harvests were about ten days early in comparison to a normal season, although in some cases even earlier.
    The quality of the fruit is excellent with correct maturation, because no disease in the vineyards of La Mancha developed, for this reason the health of the fruit is very good.
    We can anticipate this year’s harvest to be 25% less than the previous vintage, although this varies according to the varieties or types of vineyards, since the decrease has been more intense in non irrigated land (30-40%), whereas trellised vines have had a much smaller decrease (15%). The 2005 harvest can be described as a low in quantity yet very good in quality , especially in parcels that have been irrigated.
  • Manchuela – The influence of the drought together with the low winter temperatures caused the vineyards to have a regular vegetative state, with normal maturity and optimal health . The clusters display normal fullness of regular size and good quality. A reduction of 30% in the harvest is expected in the white varieties, making up approximately 20% of the production. The decrease in the harvest has been about 50% , in part due to freezing in winter and partly due to the to the drought.
  • Ribera del Júcar – Harvest has taken place 7 to 10 days earlier with respect to last year, the grapes display optimal quality with excellent health. The production will have a decrease of around 25% due to the intense drought in the region, although this has caused that after the period of flowering, the grape size to be uniform and small, which foretells wine of potentially of great quality.