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Veraison: when grapes change colour

The grapevines in a vineyard have a typical growth cycle, each stage showing its own, peculiar, characteristics. Today, we will describe what is known as ‘veraison’, a French word used to describe the colour change of wine grapes, as they transition each summer from green to purple or pale yellow. Actually, veraison marks the onset of ripening, … [Read more...] about Veraison: when grapes change colour

A sensational harvest for Finca Valpiedra in one of the toughest years for the region of Rioja

It is hard to forget the faces of the vine-growers after a disaster such as that which took place on April 28th in La Rioja, on Saint Prudence’s Day. The frost destroyed much of the work that had been done, and seriously jeopardised the future work of hundreds of vine-growers and wineries; since the consequences of such a severe frost not only … [Read more...] about A sensational harvest for Finca Valpiedra in one of the toughest years for the region of Rioja

Fewer, but great wines from Familia Martínez Bujanda in Rueda, La Rioja and La Mancha

Working flat out, starting significantly earlier than last year, yet sooner than a normal campaign, the harvest at Familia Martínez Bujanda is almost complete in La Mancha.  At Finca Antigua, where we started with the Muscatel on August 11th, we expected to finish by the middle of September.  Harvest is now over in the Rueda region; at Finca … [Read more...] about Fewer, but great wines from Familia Martínez Bujanda in Rueda, La Rioja and La Mancha

Finca Montepedroso: the grapes are now in the winery

The grape harvest in the Rueda region is the earliest of the Familia Martínez Bujanda vineyards. Finca Montepedroso is a winery surrounded by 25 hectares of vineyards on a plateau at an altitude of 750 metres; the harvesting is fairly uniform as is the ripening of the grapes. As a matter of fact, in just three or four days, spread over two weeks, … [Read more...] about Finca Montepedroso: the grapes are now in the winery

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