Cycle and forecast of the next harvesting
Grape growers: 8,300
Hectares of vines: 22,500 (55,600 acres)
The Cycle of the Vines During 2018
After one of the worst droughts in the history of the region in 2017—producing grape yields 60% less than the previous year—the plants underwent their winter dormancy to revitalize in 2018.
Ribera experienced its usual winter, cold and challenging for the vines, with frigid temperatures reaching -12ºC (10ºF). Low temps continued into early spring, also accompanied by heavy rain through March.
Bud break occurred by the end of April; however, conditions changed dramatically, with May and June bringing unusually cold weather. Several spring frosts in May caused a delay in the development of the grapevines. On a positive note, the frosts were not as strong as the previous year and affected only some terrains.
The first half of June saw slow development of the shoots. By the end of the month, drier and warmer temperatures produced far better elongation of shoots, curling tendrils and ideal conditions for the perfect flowering and fruit setting that leads to a promising vintage.
In July, the hot Spanish summer began; though this month was unusually mild, the vine was able to accelerate its cycle. This produced a nice growth in the berries and reached a veraison date only three days later than usual, resulting in a promising onset for ripening.
While the vines were at risk for mildews due to the rainfall this season, we are happy to report that the vines had a very healthy year.
A Promising Vintage Ahead
Currently, the vines in Ribera are preparing for a high-quality season. Weather forecasts are assuring ideal conditions for slow-ripening grapes—warm sunny days followed by slightly chilly nights. We are hopeful for a perfect ripening period followed by raising our glasses to “Cheers!” with the Reds and Rosés produced in the unique Ribera del Duero.