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Rioja’s Earliest-Ever Harvest, Good Quantity and Great Quality

12 November

D.O.Ca. approved 426.7M kg grapes which were turned into 300M litres of wine.

The Control Board reported the end of normal harvest in the wine region on Tuesday, 13 October, an unusual date which makes this vintage the earliest remembered in Rioja. While final assessment is pending devatting, initial results are very positive both quantitatively and qualitatively. This is partly due to the weather in September, which was exceptionally good for grape quality. A total of 441.18 million kg grapes were picked this year of which 426.70 million kg were approved after discarding excess production. These were used to make 300 million litres of D.O. protected wine. Read more...