Hereby we describe you some curiosities about the harvest in “Ribera del Duero”
Every year, when the autumn is approaching, we all know that so is the harvest. What’s special about the harvest in our beloved riverside region?
The harvest is one of the favorite moments for any wine enthusiast. In fact, it’s usually the most demanded time for a wide majority of people for visiting wineries and taking wine tours. They want to dive into the harvest, even hand-picking the grapes. From visiting the sorting table, the arrival of the grapes into the winery, to having picnic and lunch among vines. Moreover, it’s a time in the year when the landscapes changes of color and it increases the tourist appeal.
There are many wineries, and they are increasing their number, that perform wine tourism activities, tied to the harvest, pushing themselves for providing service to tourists during their most busy season of the year.
Going into detail about Ribera del Duero and we can say that the harvest time has arrive when the grape reaches its optimum maturity. The Spanish word: “vendimia”, means “to take out from the vine” and comes from the latin word “vindemia”. As a curiosity, this year the estimation is around 110 million of kilograms.
The harvest season in our hemisphere the harvest is usually during the months of July and October. In our region, in autumn, as a general rule at the beginning of autumn, but it can be early and then start by the end of September. The riverside harvest comes slightly after compared among the rest of regions in Castilla y Leon, and this is due to its climate features and the temperature fluctuations between day and night.
Although we have mentioned it on previous entries, we would like to emphasize that the most important grape is Tempranillo o Tinta Fina. But it is not the only one, we point out that there are more grape varieties allowed, for example Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Garnacha and as the only white grape, Albillo Mayor. This one, gives the chance to Ribera del Duero wineries to produce white wines since 2019.
For all of these reasons, if you are a wine lover, or simply have a certain curiosity for knowing more about the harvest in Ribera, we encourage you to organize a trip and come and visit it and enjoy it in person.