Harvest 2010: first grapes arrive to he winery

It's official, harvest 2010 has just started,first case of grapes

And finally the harvest has began. This is the first case of grapes of 2010! We started yesterday, September 11th, picking up the grapes of our vineyards in Mós and in Quinta Vale d’Agodinho. The weather is clear and warm again, with temperatures in these vineyards on the earlies 30sº C. In general, the sugar content of the grapes is lower than what we normally have, with potential alcohol around 13.7% in Mós for the old vines and 12.8% for the young vines. In Quinta Vale d’Agodinho we had 13.2% of potential alcohol. Also the acidity levels are lower this year. Flavors are excellent, with lot of strawberry and raspberry notes, while colors are regular, not as dark and intense as we wished.

Now is time to rest, tomorrow the day starts at 5.30am and if I’m lucky, I won’t have to work after dinner.

Oscar

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  • http://www.travessiawine.com Marco Montez

    Good luck with this year’s Vindima Oscar! Hoping/dreaming for a barrel tasting of this vintage sometime during the Summer of 2011 ;)

  • Tom Archer

    Hi Oscar,

    I thought you’d maybe wait for the sugar to get a little higher before you started picking, but as I’m the only person who answered your challenge to guess the sugar levels, do I get to win a bottle???

    Cheers – and best of luck with the harvesting!

  • http://quevedoportwine.com/ Oscar Quevedo

    Marco, you’re more than welcome to come over and taste our wines, would be a pleasure! Someday in the next years, I hope I can visit you too in Massachusetts!

    Tom, in spite of the lower level of sugar, we decided to start harvesting. The levels of acidity are already low and will get lower day after day. As you know, acidity is important to give freshness and aging potential to the wines. Moreover, more rain is expected for the end of the week, and at that point, grapes would be better in the winery rather than in the vineyard.