The harvest begins and La Rioja Alta, S.A. faces the challenge of carrying out the most demanding harvest in its 130 years of history. In 2020 it is going to be particularly complicated due to the extreme health and safety measures required by the pandemic, which are posing serious logistics challenges.
Currently, the vineyard in production owned by the winery group in the best terroirs of Rioja, Rioja Alavesa, Ribera del Duero and Rías Baixas already exceeds 690 hectares, thanks to significant investments in land acquisition in recent years. All of this is with the aim of ensuring a production of the highest quality grapes, optimum for long ageing, which can meet the foreseeable world demand for its wines in the coming years.
The winery's technicians are closely monitoring the ripeness data coming in from the vineyards and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, on Thursday 17 September we will start to pick the Los Cuartos de Cenicero vineyard by hand. Fortunately, we are enjoying unbeatable weather conditions with dry, sunny days and cold nights. This results in marked temperature gaps, essential for getting top quality grapes by enabling more balanced, harmonious ripening and resulting in wines that are particularly suited for long aging.
In Ribera de Duero (Áster) the grapes also look magnificent. As in Rioja, ripening is slightly ahead of schedule and we plan to start in the last week of September.
In Lagar de Cervera (Rías Baixas) we are about to reach the halfway point of the harvest. We are picking high quality Albariño grapes, albeit in smaller quantities than initially forecast.