Rioja 2019 vintage starts

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UPDATED September 13th

New info about latest rains.

New pics!

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First vines are being harvested these days in Rioja.

 

Every vintage is different, not only because of the start date, but also because of the state of the grapes and the weather conditions, which ensure that each vintage has unique influences and its own identity. Today we talk on how this harvest begins.

 

2019 has been marked by a short winter without much rainfall. Many thermal oscillations with heat waves and cold streaks have caused a low rate of curdling and the grapes are growing quite loose. This can translate into good quality, but we still have to be cautious until finishing the harvest. This grapes’ size is a little smaller than usual due to the low rainfall during spring and summer. This melting pot of circumstances has made the grapes ripen with an exceptional state of health. There is always fear of frosty nights, which did not substantially affect our vineyards, as well as hail, which did fall in August in a storm that amazed the entire country. Hail may damage the leaves, as well as the grapes and cause some diseases, but luckily this time they only left their mark on leaves and clusters of one plot, so most of them remain unaltered.

 

CVNE's harvest starts, but every vineyard has different timings. We are starting today at Contino, while in Viña Real will be starting on the 16th. Cune and Imperial will be harvested aproximately from 20th on and what we foresee, if everything continues until the end of the harvest, is a very healthy harvest, but low yield if we compare to other previous years. The quality may be very good, but for this we will have to analyze throughout the whole crop.

Latest rains on the 11th did not affect our vineyards, but we could not star harvesting until 12th. Almost every white grape is already harvested and these days we are starting with the red ones. It looks gorgeous!

Hopefully weather will respect us, fingers crossed!

The official rating of the DOCa is granted based on a global assessment, but in CVNE we make a very thorough research of our quality, which allows us to issue our own rating that is not always identical to that from DOCa. That is why it is interesting to know both.

 

Come and enjoy the harvest in the winery, CVNE does not close so that visitors can see with their own eyes the best time of the year. Make your reservation here.

 

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