Spring is the time of flowers; when plants begin to bloom. The landscapes are dressed in color, joy…and also its anagram word, allergy. And, specifically in the vineyard, it is the time when the vine begins to sprout. This is the time when, of course, pruning and tying up should be finished. But how the vineyard changes when spring arrives.
With the change of season, we are exposed to new temperatures and new climatic conditions. And plant life is used to it. Even to a greater exposure to diseases due to pests.
The problem comes when there is some unusual phenomenon, such as abundant rainfall (not necessarily in number of liters but in consecutive number of days). Water is fundamental in the life of the vine, in fact, they have a continuous and measured irrigation system; although it is true that it is a plant that does not need much hydration.
Therefore, while autumn/winter rainfall is appreciated because it revitalizes the plants -and even the frosts of this season that stop the sprouting of the vine early-, spring rains (in excess) affect the quality and quantity of the harvest, also favoring some disease or pest.
How this affects grapes
Now for the important part. These climatic conditions have their stamp on each vintage. Therefore, the same wine will have different nuances depending on the vintage. Specifically, and speaking of spring rainfall, we have two possibilities:
If the rain is intense and the temperature remains low well into the spring, the broth we will obtain will be fresh. However, since the fruit will be larger (and have more water), the result will be less nuanced and more “watery”.
If rainfall decreases and the temperature rises considerably from mid/late March, the grapes will be smaller and will produce a fuller-bodied wine.
And you, how do you predict this spring will be? Will we have fresher or more consistent wines? We read you! In the meantime, enjoy our samples with different vintages in our online store.
Spring arrives: how it can affect the vineyard