Spain 2019 harvest report region by region

Last year’s grape harvest in Spain brought in around 38m hectolitres of wine, significantly down on 2018’s 50m, though early predictions hint that 2019 might prove to be “one of the best vintages of the decade”, according to Wines from Spain.

It was a warm, dry year for Spain in 2019, with lower than average rainfall, an early summer heatwave for some regions, and very low levels of disease in the vineyards.

Wet and windy conditions during flowering kept yields naturally to a modest level. Berries and bunch weights were significantly smaller than in 2018. The harvest began promptly across Spain and lasted into October with favourable conditions allowing growers to bring in their fruit gradually at the optimum moment for picking.

The best wines will be made from fruit that offered the required freshness to balance the ripeness of the grapes widely reported across Spain’s key regions. Red wines are expected to be particularly good from Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Bierzo, Ribeira Sacra and Priorat; while standout whites are expected from Rías Baixas, Valdeorras and Rueda.

According to Wines from Spain, Spanish reds from the 2019 vintage are likely to offer “good complexity, generous fruit character and smooth, round tannins”, and have been touted to have great ageing potential.

Read on for a comprehensive harvest report on Spain’s major wine regions, written by Patricia Langton.

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