Volume of wine approved: 251.49 million litres.
The progress of the growth cycle was slowed down by the summer, with unusual weather conditions dominated by higher-than-normal rainfall and lower temperatures. This had a negative effect on the ripening process. The lush development of foliage had to be slowed down with repeated summer pruning, removing side shoots and tipping extensively. Canopy thinning operations were also implemented this year, particularly in those vineyards which promised a sizeable harvest, in order to increase grape aeration and sun exposure.
After this difficult period, September saw the good weather return with sunny, dry days that enabled the grapes to finish their ripening process although somewhat irregularly. This resulted in a drawn out harvest which took place between early September and mid-October depending on vineyard and grape variety. In general terms, the grapes entered their bodegas in good health and adequately ripe.
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