The Ribera del Júcar Protected Designation of Origin, in the province of Cuenca, starts harvesting with the expectation that quality will verge on excellence.
This week the harvest kicked-off in a general way, although harvesting of the white grape varieties actually started on August 22nd and 23rd.
During this last week of August the Ribera del Júcar Protected Designation of Origin, in the province of Cuenca, started harvesting in a general way, carrying out a staggered process that kicked-off last week, around the dates of August 22nd and 23rd and that will quite probably continue through to the third week of September.
To be more specific, harvesting of the white Sauvignon Blanc and Small-Grained Muscat varieties kicked-off last week, as the comprehensive controls pertaining to the ripeness of the fruit carried out by the technicians of the Designation of Origin determined that this was precisely the moment to start harvesting the grapes, as has likewise been the case with the perfect date for harvesting of the Bobal or Cabernet Sauvignon varieties, which will foreseeably be harvested during the third week of September. The reason being that they have not reached their optimal point of ripeness yet. Harvesting of the remaining varieties has started this same week.
Quality and quantity
“We are truly satisfied with this beginning of the harvest,” asserted Javier Prósper, President of the Ribera del Júcar P.D.O. who continued saying that “with the beginning of the harvest we are culminating a very important process in that referring to plague control, process which started in the past spring;” specifically, this year has been special given that we had to control the mildew, “yet thanks to the professionalism of our technicians and the diligence of the vine growers, it has indeed been possible to control this plague and we are now harvesting in a very satisfactory manner.”
In fact, estimates made until now indicate that we are dealing with a grape of excellent quality, “although it is still too soon to actually obtain definitive and categorical evaluations,” Prósper underlined, “however, we foresee that the quality will be verging on excellence, because despite the harshness of the summer, the characteristics of our area, with its height and day/night temperature difference indicate that this might just be a superb harvest.” He likewise talked about the expected quantity, “although it is still a bit risky to give a definitive figure, we are estimating that this campaign’s production will be about 5% less than last year’s.”
August 30th, 2011
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