According to IVV - Portuguese Institute of Vines and Wines, overall wine production should increase 10% in 2019/2020 from the previous campaign.
Please see below how was grape harvesting for our producers:
LUA CHEIA EM VINHAS VELHAS
Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas started harvesting on September 5th with Alvarinho from Monção and Melgaço, followed by Loureiro and Sauvignon Blanc. After long working days, harvest finished with the last reception of grapes on October 5th.
It was a year where there was no very high alcohol content contrary to the acidity that increased in almost all varieties.
This year, Alvarinho has a good balance between alcohol and acidity, which has increase compared to previous years, making this a very special vintage. The Loureiro presented its typical aromatic expressiveness that, combined with its structure and balanced acidity, which, like Alvarinho, is higher, promising a good nectar. As for the Sauvignon Blanc, it presents a great balance highlighting the characteristic vegetable aromas of the grape variety.
It was a year with a slightly different profile, with very promising features.
to be a somewhat regular year in the vegetative development of the vine,
although there have been periods of some inconsistency in our climate with the
changes we have been accustomed to.
Despite that, many positive expectations
have been raised in terms of quality and quantity of grapes, which was
confirmed at the end of October when harvest ended.
began on August 27th with the white grape varieties from old vineyards in the area of Murça. Harvest of the white grapes finished on September 18th and at the same time we also harvested grapes for Rosé on the 2nd and 3rd of September!
of red grapes began on September 10th with
grapes from the Douro Superior sub-region and finished on October 11th with grapes from
the Baixo Corgo sub-region.
Overall, grapes have good quality and expectations are high for 2019 vintage... we still have to wait, but it will certainly
be a year to remember.
COMPANHIA DAS LEZÍRIAS - TEJO
The year 2019 was marked by being quite dry but fresh. Following a winter and spring with temperate temperatures and little rain, the vine growing cycle has been delayed by about 2 weeks compared to the previous year.
The summer was not overly hot and the nights were always very cool. As a result we produce white wines with very balanced and relatively high acidity as well as great aromatic depth.
As for the reds, we had two well-marked styles: those that were harvested before a heat wave and that follow the whites style, and the ones that were later harvested, a little more alcoholic, structured and marked by the aromas of ripe fruits.
From a quantitative point of view, 2019 was a balanced year, in which yields were below estimates as the bunches were less heavy than reference weights in previous years.
HERDADE DE PEGOS CLAROS - PALMELA
Due to the mild and relatively dry winter and spring, in 2019 the production of our vineyards was quite balanced. The very small berries resulted in both very elegant and concentrated wines.
The lower availability of water has also resulted in wines with slightly higher alcohol content than in previous years but very balanced with the other components of the wine.
We believe in the potential and longevity of 2019 wines produced in Pegos Claros.
Let's wait, but we are looking forward to tasting all the wines!