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Concha y Toro 01/03/2016

2016 Harvest Begins in Limarí Valley

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Limarí is one of the most northern winegrowing areas in Chile. Harvest season here is one of the first to begin, starting on January 25, 2016. Rainfall during the past winter and the proper management of the vineyard suggests that this will result in high quality wines that capture the essence of this valley’s terroir.

The first varieties to be harvested in Limarí Valley are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, followed by others such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier and Syrah, as the harvest extends to early May.

Due to its geographical location, south of the Atacama Desert, Limarí has ​​a semiarid climate, with low rainfall -about 100 mm per year. This gives a peculiar condition of minerality to the soil, as the scarce rain does not wash the minerals away, particularly carbonates.

Reservoirs in the valley accumulate the thawing coming from the mountains, providing water for irrigation throughout the year. The years 2012 to 2014 were fairly dry and with few snow, which meant that the 2013 to 2015 seasons were quite a challenge in terms of efficient use of irrigation water in the vineyards. However, thanks to El Niño between July and November 2015, there was enough rain and snow (180 mm of rainfall), which has been a real blessing for the valley and agriculture.

Vendimia-2016-Limari-5

The current state of the vineyards suggests that this harvest 2016 will result in wines of very good quality for the different varieties that grow in this valley. Flowering and later setting was very good, and bunches are quite full. Also, the buds show good vigor and the vines are balanced.

Obtaining the potential quality of the grape depends on a timely harvest and is key to capture the acidity and freshness of the fruit. To ensure this, we must remain very attentive to the harvest. Personally, I must be closely connected with the vineyard, checking it, tasting the grapes and taking samples in order to have a projected harvest date as exact as possible to get that potential.

Good reading and understanding of the vineyard allows an optimum vinification of the grapes in the winery, seeking to produce sincere wines that reflect the typicality of Limarí Valley.