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

Dry weather brings early fires to the Douro valley

We have spoken few times about how dry the weather has been this Winter. The lack of rain has been harmful not only for the vineyards but also for the rest of the crops, mostly olives and almonds trees, which are the most 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

Water, where are you?

Those who have been visiting the south of Europe for the last weeks know what the title of this post means. The weather in the Douro valley, in Portugal, and also in many areas of the Mediterranean has been wonderful. Clear sky with 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

Warm temperatures and rain mean early harvest

During the last days, the weather in the Douro has been very unstable. It quickly changes from clear to a heavy storm, similar to tropical countries. Temperatures move between 15ºC and 28ºC in the middle of the afternoon. And when it rains it READ MORE

Raining during the harvest? hum, that is not a good idea…

Maybe we were not fast enough. Or we have few people harvesting. Or we were simply unlucky. But rain has come to our vineyards and we still have 5 days of harvest ahead. Tomorrow we should finish Quinta da Trovisca by noon and READ MORE