With the grape harvest now well underway in many of Spain’s classic wine regions, the consensus seems to be that growers across Spain are expecting a 2016 harvest of good quality but slightly smaller in quantity than 2015.
However, given that Spain produced 36.7 million hectolitres (approx. 4.8 billion bottles) of wine last year! There’s no need to be too worried about this drop in quantity.
With the first reports just coming in, I thought I would share some of the images of wonderfully-ripe, freshly picked grapes about to be turned into two of my favourite Spanish wines.
A brand-new addition to our range Viña Vedra is made with grapes grown in sustainably-managed vineyards, this stunning Albariño is from one of the Galicia's most innovative and modern wineries. Bursting with vibrant green fruit and a zesty finish, this wine is a must-try!
Viña Pomal Rioja Reserva is made using 100% estate-grown Tempranillo from vineyards in the premium sub-region of Rioja Alta, being more northerly and cooler here, the harvest can run to the end of October, but early forecasts are good. Although this year’s cycle was running behind previous years, the hot dry weather at the start of September accelerated ripening.
Of course this is just a quick snapshot of the harvest, look out for some notes from Italy next week.