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Harvests

2008 HARVEST

Official vintage rating: “VERY GOOD”

Volume of wine approved: 270.43 million litres
- Red wine: 245.43 million litres.
- White wine: 10.97 million litres.
- Rosé wine: 14.03 million litres.


The 2008 Rioja vintage has been officially rated as "Very Good" by the Control Board after a strict assessment process involving testing and tasting 4,061 samples of the 283.5 million litres of wine that were made. The harvest was marked by moderate production and high grape quality —a quality that has now been confirmed by the official rating of "Very Good" given to the wines of the vintage as a whole. A total of 270.5 million litres of wine were approved.


The 2008 harvest concluded in Rioja on 10 November with a total production volume of 396.6 million kg of grapes. The quality of the harvest was very satisfactory as a whole, thanks to exceptionally favourable weather during the final stages of the growth cycle, a time that is always a decisive factor in harvest quality. It can therefore be stated that Riojan vineyards enjoyed optimal conditions for the grapes to attain practically perfect health and ripen with well-balanced colour, acidity, alcohol potential, etc. This resulted in a top-quality harvest with a slightly lower volume than previous years.


2008 is the third consecutive vintage to be rated "Very Good", a clear evidence of the success of the quality policy in place in this wine region and of the high demands that growers place upon themselves in adopting such significant measures as limiting yields in order to optimise wine quality. Also, over the past few years, the Control Board has increased the number of conditions applied in rating vintages, including such parameters as polyphenol index and colour. This reflects the substantial improvement of wines and helps maintain Rioja as a benchmark among top quality wines.

 

 

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