Friday, October 29, 2010

Aging on lees settles in Galicia

The technique used in the aging on lees, while not new, is gaining strength in recent years in Galicia.

This technique, which gives the white wines more structure in the mouth and volume, is the aging of the wines after fermentation, in those parts fine of yeast dead. Through this process the wine is achieved with a longest life cycle, with more body and more complexity on the palate.

This process is optimized by the sensitive technique of "batonage" which is to suspend the lees during aging for wines with more fat, with the potential of fruit, better balance structure / fat, and above all much more stable against to oxidation.

In Valdeorras highlights several wineries producing wines using this technique, including Virxen de  Galir Godello with lees. Learn more about the winery, by clicking here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Data from the 2010 harvest in Valdeorras

The official amount of grapes harvested is 4,330,292 kilos, a considerable decrease in quantity compared to last year. Not in quality, where the technical chief of the Denomination of Origin, Jorge Mazaira, described as very good quality grapes.

With the arrival of the last grapes to the winery of A Rua "Rafael Palacios" was closed in the last hours a harvest that began on September 7 Valdesil cellar.

The untimely winter devastated the area of Valdeorras this season, led the outcrop of diseases afflicting mainly the varieties Alicante and Jerez, considerably reducing its production to a figure of around 620,648 and 433,992 kilos respectively. Varieties being more significant in the region, Godello and Mencia, which better withstand the elements, maintaining production at levels similar to previous seasons with 1,737,071 and 1,515,003 kilos.

It should be noted that this vintage is the highest level of health they enjoyed the grapes at the entrance to the wineries. The fruit that managed to overcome the winter diseases, led to an optimum level of maturity due to high summer temperatures and dry endorsed by the soft rains of early September. All in all, are expected to add 2010 about wines of great quality, both in the DO Valdeorras as in the rest of designations Galicia.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Valdeorras wines triumph in New York

The presentation of the wines D.O. Valdeorras held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, is described as a resounding success.

The Great match of New York  held last October 7,  is qualified as a resounding souces by the Regulatory Council.

Welcomed Valdeorras wines over 400 professionals, who emphasized the great difference that distinguishes these wines, especially whites, predicts a more promising future in the country of over 55 million regular users of Wine .

The finishing touch put the internationally renowned wine geek, Steve Olson, who gave a colloquium talk "Seminar featuring Valdeorras Wines" which served as the climax of the act.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Winemakers anticipated 2010 harvest produced wines with interesting quality

Madrid, 22 oct (EFE) . Spanish winemakers include a vintage "powerful" that resulted in musts and wines "very interesting" in a collection campaign that is taking its last gasps in areas of northern Spain, while Early in the southern areas the tasks have been completed.

This has been pointed to Efe industry sources, with a balance sheet in line with expectations Cooperative Agro-food and agricultural organizations Asaja, COAG and UPA, pointing to an output of about 38-40 million bushels and quality " very good "of the grape.

The president of the Spanish Federation of Winemakers and, in turn, the Association of La Rioja, Antonio Palacios, has highlighted the health "exception" of the grapes in a campaign to collect illegal by the different evolution of maturation, which will settle with 390 million kilos of grapes (+10 percent) as "very good."

The president of the Galician Association of Winemakers, José Manuel Martínez, has forecasted a record high harvest of 57 million kilos (31.5 million Rias Baixas and the rest in Ribeiro, Ribeira Sacra, Valdeorras and Monterrei), which will be 30 percent higher than 2009 and production "well compensated" in alcohol content and acidity.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The governments of Spain and Galicia invest an amount of 3.5 million Euros in improving access to the vineyards of Valdeorras.

Font: La Voz de Galicia
The Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Environment will invest in improving access to the vineyards of the region of Valdeorras.

Samuel Juárez Regional Minister for Rural Affairs has complied with the agreement, that was announced in 2008, improving access to the vineyards in the region of Valdeorras. At its meeting yesterday in O Larouco, signed the agreement that will provide the region in the next harvest, about better access for farmers and visitors wishing to explore the Valdeorras County.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Valdeorras wine country

Since ancient Roman times, has managed to live Valdeorras closely with the wine culture to succeed in producing wines of the highest quality and prestige.

The latest awards collected by the wineries integrated into this Designation of Origin are a deserved recognition for a job well done by farmers, winemakers and Regulatory Council. A quality and reputation that has always had its reds this year joins the highest recognition of wine in the Galician government grants, selecting a wine from DO Valdeorras as the best white of Galicia.
If the Galician white wines are considered the best in the world, can say that the best white wine of the world occurs in Valdeorras?.

As a reward for a job well done, from the mother of wine to share with the whole family in the wine world this video, which takes the form of reward a bit of the history of wine in Valdeorras.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lower production, higher quality

Reduces the initial forecast of 5.5 million kilograms of grapes harvested at just under 4.5 million kilograms

In the absence of one week for total completion of the harvests and with the data provided by the majority of wineries and cooperatives, at this time are about 4 million kilograms of grapes harvested in D. O. Valdeorras. According to figures provided by the technical director of the denomination, Jorge Mazaira, is expected be around, their overall conclusion, the 4.5 million kilograms.

Despite this reduction, the positive development focuses on the quality of the grapes thought to be very good across the area. Despite the inclement weather that significantly affected the production, the fruit that was saved enjoys great health and an optimum ripeness, which are expected in this vintage wines of excellent quality.

Monday, October 4, 2010

New York opens its doors to wine D.O. Valdeorras

On 7 October the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York will receive the presentation of the DO Valdeorras.

The event, which will taste 11 wines from DO Valdeorras, is divided into two sessions:

First from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, will be aimed at specific audiences and enlivened by the colloquium talk "featuring Valdeorras Wines Seminar" taught by Steve Olson.

From 1:30 pm  until 8:30 pm the table is open to all those who want to taste the wines selected for the occasion.