Harvest is now underway. We were waiting for quite some time until having the feeling that grapes were in perfect conditions to be harvested. And finally we started harvesting the red grapes from our most important vineyard, Quinta Vale d’Agodinho.
The vintage (grape harvest) at the Graham’s Upper Douro Valley vineyards will commence early Monday morning, September 23rd. The harvest is quite late this year; normally we begin picking grapes at Malvedos and neighbouring Tua around mid-September. Last year we commenced harvesting at Tua on September 12th and just a few days later at Malvedos, so this year we are about 10 days behind schedule. Following three months of drought (not a single drop of rain fell during the whole of August), a heaven-sent 14mm of rain came down over Malvedos during the night of September 5th. Some initial reports had indicated 10mm, but we have since received confirmation that it was in fact 14mm of precipitation.
Congratulation - ich glaube Jamie Goode ist damit der erste internationale Wein-Blogger, der sich diesem Thema annimmt und Stellung bezieht. Ich hoffe, dass auch unter den Weinfreunden die Gefahr erkannt wird und wir darüber diskutieren, sonst wird uns vielleicht irgendwann auch der beste Wein nicht mehr schmecken......
The harvest of 2013 is revealing quite interesting. After several weeks with very little rain, the long showers we had last week-end changed a bit the expectations for this harvest. If until late August we could expect an average vintage (or even below), this rain, which helped vines and grapes to rehydrate, is rising the hopes for a good vintage.
Graham’s have recently released a series of aged Tawny Ports, which arrived here in small bottles packaged in an attractive box. Here are my notes on them. Aged tawnies (10 years and older) are just a small part of the market for Port (3%), but they are important wines, and I reckon that they are currently underappreciated. One of the advantages of these wines is that because they are made oxidatively, they can be kept for a long time, preferably in the fridge (I like my tawnies chilled, but many prefer them at room temperature), for an occasional treat.
O principal grupo de Vinho do Porto, a Symington Family Estates, vai construir uma nova adega e centro de visitas na Quinta do Bomfim, no Pinhão, num investimento estimado em 2,3 milhões de euros e que criará 20 novos postos de trabalho.