Volume of wine approved: 255.08 million litres
- Red wine: 227.03 million litres.
- White wine: 14.49 million litres.
- Rosé wine: 13.56 million litres.
El Rioja Control Board has officially rated the 2010 vintage 'Excellent'. This is the result of a strict rating process involving testing and tasting more than four thousand samples of the 284.29 million litres of wine made in this vintage. This result confirms the high expectations prompted by the high quality of the grapes picked during harvest and subsequent winemaking process, pointing to the possibility of 2010 becoming one of Rioja's historic vintages.
The key lies in very favourable weather —which allowed for an excellent state of health of the vines until the end of the growth cycle and very moderate production figures— plus all the dedication and professionalism of growers and winemakers. In the last decade only three vintages earned the 'Excellent' rating —2001, 2004 and 2005— while the last four have been rated 'Very Good'.
The general development of the vineyards in 2010 was very good across the Wine Region. The growing season proceeded without any significant incidents —including pests and diseases— that might affect production either quantitatively or qualitatively. Flowering and fruit set were slightly delayed taking place during the month of June. Setting was good, with a predominance of medium-large clusters. Excellent canopy development and plant health until the end of the growing cycle ensured normal development compared to the previous year, when the growing season was about ten days ahead of the average.
The grape harvest began on 1 September in the municipality of Aldeanueva de Ebro and ended on 31 October with a total figure of 395 million kilos of grapes (33M kg of white grapes and 362M kg of red grapes).
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