|The fall – winter 2009, with the exception of June, was much drier and cooler than usual with about 30% less rainfall in our vineyards. September was also cold, so bud break happened a bit later than last season. The spring showed normal amounts of rainfall but with very low temperatures.
These cold conditions disturbed the pollination and naturally lowered the yields. Fortunately, during second half of December the normal sunny conditions returned. At that point the plants had from 8 to 10 days of delay in their development. Summer brought us cool nights preserving the grapes freshness and inducing the concentration of aromas. Summer also brought the 5th biggest world earthquake ever recorded, so the few days delay of the crop were a blessing in order to organize the winery and get
ready to crush the grapes.