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Rioja Harvest 2013

 

The most delayed Rioja harvest in the century closes with 368 million kg and good quality expectations

• Although conditioned by unusual weather, the final result of the harvest was very positive thanks to growers' expertise.

The last grapes of the D.O.Ca. Rioja 2013 harvest were picked on 8 November and the Control Board Technical Service officially closed the most delayed harvest in recent history. It was also one of the smallest, with a total of 368.3 million kg of grapes, —342.5 million kg red grapes and 25.8 million kg white grapes. The harvest volume was somewhat higher than the 355 million kg picked last year, which was heavily affected by the drought, but much lower than the current productive potential of the D.O.Ca. Rioja.

The first assessment of the new vintage is optimistic about the quality of the 255 million litres of wine produced from grapes which had to overcome a growing cycle influenced by very unusual weather. It was a difficult year for grape producers, with weather patterns that were quite different to those of previous years. Heavy spring rains and low temperatures delayed the growing season and resulted in uneven ripening.

Fortunately, the risk posed by the two-to-three week delay was offset by prevailing good weather in September and October allowing for selective, staggered grape picking, so plots were harvested as the grapes reached appropriate ripeness, thereby optimising fruit quality. With such a demanding growing season, Rioja growers had to make full use of their expertise, showing how well prepared they are to deal with situations as complex as this late vintage and get the most of it, to the intense satisfaction of the winemakers. All the wines were subjected to tests and tastings by the Control Board to accurately assess each one.

Total grape production surface area in the region for 2013 was 61,835 hectares. Of these, 58,021 hectares are planted with red grape varieties —which produced 342.4 million kg— and 3,814 hectares with white grape varieties— whose production amounted to 25.8 million kg. In the end, D.O. protected production came to 362.69 million kg of grapes, as 5.53 million kg were rejected because they surpassed production limits.
  

 

GRAPE PRODUCTION 2013 (million kg)

Grape colour

La Rioja

Álava

Navarre

Total

Hectares of vineyards

Red

238.55

65.59

38.29

342.44

58,021

White

18.19

5.55

2.05

25.79

3,814

TOTAL

256.74

71.14

40.34

368.23

61,835

 

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