Last year’s harvest was the earliest anyone had ever experienced in Rioja. And the fastest. The harvest in Rioja usually takes two months. In 2015 it took the four weeks. Moreover, it was a very good harvest, both for quality and quantity. Riojas control board, Consejo Regulador DOCa Rioja, has recently given the vintage 2015 the official rating of “Very Good”. The vintage, which produced very ripe grapes, is considered to be fresh and elegant with good aging potential. Total volume in 2015 was 319 million litres.
To establish the rating the Regulatory Council collects 4454 wine samples directly from the wineries fermenters. The samples are analysed and tested. In total the council approved 298.48 litres of wine divided into 16.62 million litres of white, 13.62 million litres of rosé and 268.24 million litres of red. This means that these wines are allowed to be sold with the appellation DOCa Rioja. Obviously there were some who did not make it. Read more on riojawine.com
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