Thursday, September 13, 2012

Valdeorras began the harvest with an excellent grape quality

Photo: Lolita Vázquez (La Voz de Galicia)  - Info Source: La Región

The María Teresa Nuñez Vega winery was the first in starting the picking work in Galicia, last Thursday at 08.00 am.

The vineyards are located in the City Council of Petín and there is where the campaign of the Autonomous Community began.  Leading the works, which will continue throughout the next days, we find the owner of the winery Celestino Naveira. He announced that the grape is of an excellent quality, although the crop is expected to be lower than the previous year.

'There are fewer grapes than last year, a 20% less, but in fact there are more than we were expecting. For sure, all the grapes are excellent ' he stated. Despite the fact that weather conditions led to several days of delay to begin the harvest, these also favored the development of the plants, that could enjoy several days of warm temperatures, ideal for picking the fruit.

The María Teresa Núñez winery works with mencia, alicante and godello varieties. According to Celestino Naveira, this last variety 'mature sooner', reaching 13.5 degrees this year. He also indicated that its production is slightly larger than 30,000 bottles, being of godello variety two out of three.

Video: La Región

The expectations of the winery of Petín coincide totally with those of the Regulatory Council of D.O. Valdeorras appellation. His technical director, Jorge Mazaira, also calculated a 20% decline in production respect the vintage of 2011, when producers in Valdeorras collected about 6.4 million kilos.

The technician of this winemaking organization also indicated that the 'quality of the grape is very good; it rained when rain was needed and it was warm at the right time. These days, temperatures of 30 degrees are ideal for the harvest; if these were higher, grapes could be damaged'.

Despite of belonging to the first Galician appellation that starts the harvest, cellars of Valdeorras begin this campaing a week later compared with the previous season, when at the end of August we could already find workers in the vineyards.

Throughout the weekend, a great part of wineries that make up the D.O. Valdeorras appellation have joined the harvest, although the main activity is expected to take place around 23 September.

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