The most recent (not so good) news from the Douro valley

Things are not going as wished in the Douro valley. After a very dry Winter and a wet and windy flowering, now, in the middle of the summer, it was time for the hail to come. So far, we had a couple of READ MORE

Shoot topping to improve yield

At this time of the year, in the middle of July, few weeks after grape flowering has finished, we cut the top of the shooting, sending the message to the vine to stop growing more shoots and to focus on the grapes. This READ MORE

Heat wave burns sun facing grape berries

In the aftermath of a three-day heat wave at the beginning of this week, the balance is not favorable to the grapes. The hottest period was between Monday 25th and Thursday 28th with temperatures rising up to 48ºC at noon, with overnight temperatures READ MORE

The first shoot of a young vine after the grafting

On February 2nd 2012 I have posted an article with a video about how to graft grapevines. After grating hundreds of vines and three and a half months on, the first shoots and now showing up. It is still a very tender shoot, READ MORE

Bud break arrives to the Douro vines

It does not matter whether we are talking about prunes, almonds or apples, bud break always means the beginning of a new cycle for the crop and is now starting in our vineyards. Not surprisingly, the first vines to break are the young READ MORE

Finally some rain in the Douro to lift the spirits

After over two months without seeing rain, we had finally a week-end of rain in the Douro. It was not enough to offset the long period of drought we have been facing, but it is a nice beginning for what it can be READ MORE

Drought in the Douro valley – how the soil should be and how it is

  Quinta Senhora do Rosário – December 2008                         Quinta Senhora do Rosário – February 2012                       What is wrong with these READ MORE

How to graft grapevines

Phylloxera set a new paradigm in the viticulture of the Douro valley and in almost every vine growing country. Since 1850 that this tiny insect, phylloxera, that feeds up from the leaves and roots of ungrafted vines, changed the way grape producers are READ MORE

2011 harvest update after raining in the Douro valley

There are some developments in the last stage of the grape ripeness, few days before harvest starts. Last Sunday night it rained heavily in the Douro valley. This rain was very welcome as it did not damaged the berries and irrigated the dry READ MORE

2011 harvest: first control of the grapes development cycle

After one month of absence due to my wedding, which was in July 15th, I am now back with fresh news from the vineyards. As usual, we make our first maturity control on August 10th and this year was not different. This first READ MORE

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