Vintage report 2018

Aragón

DO Campo de Borja

Campo de Borja’s harvest was far more generous than last year’s modest crop, indeed this is a record year for the region. This was due to a variety of climatic factors which all favoured volumes and quality according to the region’s authorities: generous rainfall replenished water reserves over the winter and spring; there was no frost and hail; the flowering period and fruit set went smoothly (a major advantage for Garnacha) and favourable weather over the summer and autumn allowed fruit to ripen well and steady harvesting.

2018: 44.2 million kg (49% Garnacha); 82% up on 2017 and 56% higher than the 10 year average

DO Calatayud

In Calatayud the winter period was cold and dry with little rain or snow. Bud break got off to a good start raising hopes for good volumes, but low temperatures and rain affected some areas and older vineyards in particular which were already weak after recent exceptionally dry years. Summer was cooler than usual with hotter temperatures following in late August and September. There was also some stormy weather with modest rain which was welcome in the pre-harvest period to boost vine development. The harvest was less than hoped for but up on last year with loose bunches of small, healthy grapes boding well for quality.

2018: 11.2 million kg (mostly Garnacha); 35% up on 2017

DO Cariñena

Growers in Cariñena benefitted from favourable conditions this year; the harvest for the region was more generous than last year and 29% higher than the 10 year average.

2018: 109.6 million kg

DO Somontano

The harvest was more generous for Somontano this year where volumes were up by 20% thanks to generous rainfall and favourable ripening conditions. It started later than usual with Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot being harvested in late August and progressed gradually for almost two months as Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha reached optimum ripeness. It was largely uninterrupted with just four days of rain.

According to González Byass, owners of Viñas del Vero: “White grapes generally ripened more easily than the red however the long maturation on the vine has meant that we have been able to achieve some fabulous aromatic character and good colour.”

2018: 18.7 million kg