Last week I posted a blog on Juan Barreda, a friendly winemaker from Spain. He was visiting the U.S. to promote his wines and stopped by Elkhart for a couple of days on his way back to Spain. Juan was hurrying back to Spain to begin their annual grape harvest two days after his return. Juan left the U.S. from Chicago on Saturday (August 23) and arrived in Madrid, Spain, on Sunday afternoon. The harvest started before sunrise on Tuesday. Juan’s note below provides us some interesting information on their harvest. Juan forgot one important item: Samples! Well maybe next time.
I´m pleased to inform you that last Tuesday we started the harvest. In the first stage we will hand pick our 27 hectares (11 acres) of old Tempranillo non-irrigated push vines. These vineyards were planted between last century´s 40s and 60s. The oldest is Pañofino, planted in 1942. The harvest will go on until about the 15th of October when we will pick the Cabernet Sauvignon.
The main issue this year is that we are doing the hand picking at night (beginning at 4:30 a.m.) This happens to be much better for both people and grapes due to the lower temperature. The destination of these grapes will be our Torre de Barreda wines Tempranillo, Amigos and Pañofino.
The estimated production of these vineyards will be around 55,000 kilograms (121,000 pounds). The quality is great.
In these photos you can see the Pañofino collection being harvested.
Juan M. Barreda
Next week’s post will touch on several of the events that Juan and I attended during his stay in Elkhart.
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