SOALHEIRO’S EARLIEST EVER ALVARINHO HARVEST
This year we started harvesting Alvarinho on the 23rd of August – in over 40 years, this is the earliest we have ever started harvesting the grape variety we focused on. Each year has specific characteristics and we had to adapt: if the year advances the vineyard, we advance the harvest.
Soalheiro’s 40th anniversary
Harvest is always a time to celebrate, it’s the time to reap the fruit of a whole year’s work. For us, this year was even more special because it’s our 40th anniversary.
The usual certainty in a year of uncertainty
This year the uncertainty in the vineyard was a constant, allowing in the end to reinforce a greater certainty: even in a year full of difficulties, our viticulture team and the more than 150 families of winegrowers who work with Soalheiro managed, once again, to produce grapes of unique quality resulting from the knowledge of generations that, together with the inimitable natural conditions, give rise to this unique territory and special wines made by so many hands.
The 2020 harvest in Soalheiro
A perfect harvest, with the conviction that in Soalheiro the year 2020 will be forever associated with resilience, team spirit, consistency and also with a special optimism based on the extraordinary quality of the grapes with which the vineyards of our Pur Terroir have presented us.
It is always important in our wines, be it Loureiro for ALLO or Alvarinho for the remaining wines, to find the best balance between alcohol and acidity. 2019 was slightly cooler than 2018, which we like a lot, and also with moderate alcohol. Finally, the expectations are great, but as the saying goes “even washing the baskets is vintage” so we will strive to ensure that the wines are perfect and live up to the great quality of the grapes.
The rainfall in winter was lower than average. In January, the rainfall increased and was very heavy, with an average ambient temperature that was also higher than usual. Overall, the winter was hot, which led to a slightly early budburst with regular flushing. The spring was rainy and cold in the months of March, April, and May, which resulted in irregularity and delay in the vegetative cycle. Flowering took place two weeks late, which reduced setting, allowing for better distribution of production over each vine and a resulting increase in quality. From June onwards, the rainfall reduced drastically, and average temperatures rose. The months of July and August were hot and very dry, with high average temperatures and practically no rainfall. September followed this trend, contributing to an early harvest that started in its first week, a clear recovery from the delay observed in spring.