2009 Harvest – First photo of very sweet grapes arriving to our winery

Grapes arriving at the wineryI’m tired, it’s late in the night, but I want to make sure I share with you the first photo of the harvest 2009.

Today was the first day. We are harvesting in Quinta das Olgas, in the Douro Superior, and Quinta da Alegria, in the border between Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. The grapes are very sweet, with potential alcohol around 15%. The vines have many leaves dried, resulting from a very hot weather during the four last weeks. Meanwhile, the nights started to coll off, specially in the last two days. It’s 11pm and the temperature outside is now around 16ºC (60º F).

The photo shows the first grapes arriving in 20kg plastic boxes from Quinta das Olgas, which is around 60km away from our winery.

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  1. Ken Payton Thursday September 3rd, 2009 | reply
    Nice pic, Oscar. Is the harvest early this year?
  2. oscar Thursday September 3rd, 2009 | reply
    Hi Ken, Yes, this year we started 10 days earlier than in 2008. August was really hot, and although the budbreak has started late, the ripening was quicker than normal. It is interesting to mention that in spite of hot weather and higher sugar content than normal, the acidity is pretty good.
  3. Andy Velebil Sunday September 6th, 2009 | reply
    Oscar, I know this is a very busy time of the year for you. So I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to keep us informed as to how things are going during the harvest. Muito obrigado, Andy Velebil
  4. Alex Bridgeman Monday September 7th, 2009 | reply
    Oscar, Just to echo Andy's comment - we know how busy this time of year is for you, but we really enjoy reading your blog and seeing the pictures. Thanks for making the time and effort to keep posting. Alex
  5. oscar Monday September 7th, 2009 | reply
    Thank you so much for your comments guys. This is why we made this blog, to share with you what is going on here. And in the meantime have a lot of fun. Keep commenting ;-)
  6. Vitor Moura Tuesday September 8th, 2009 | reply
    E que o nectar se transforme no melhor. Um abraço, Vitor Moura

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