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Harvests

1997 HARVEST

Official vintage rating: "GOOD".

Volume of wine approved: 251.49 million litres.

- Red wine: 203.60 million litres.
- White wine: 21.58 million litres.
- Rosé wine: 26,31 millones de litros.
 
Growth cycle.
 
Abundant rainfall and mild temperatures during the winter months of 1997 brought the beginning of the growth cycle one month ahead of schedule. Budding was good, with a higher number of buds as well as a larger number of clusters than the previous year. By the end of spring, the vineyards were healthy and about fifteen days ahead of average development. There was good, although perhaps a little irregular, setting and forecasts were optimistic with regards to harvest volume.

 

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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