The Wine Harvest in Alentejo
The great season of harvesting the grapes, priceless jewels of our Portuguese nectars, has started in mid August with the white gems being the first to be removed from the mother arms of the vine. Thus, the heat waves felt in the last few years and the need to limit the water consumption and the abusive use of chemicals, have been causing important changes to the viticulture. Pushing to the establishment of new and more sustainable methods and rethinking the use of native grape-varieties. After all, Mother Earth will have to be more and more respected, if we want to continue to maintain our existence as Human beings as we know...
Having said this, and if we consider ourselves to be a country of great wines - 13 Wine Regions - If you have the chance, I would like to invite you to participate for 1 Day, at least, on the many Wine-Harvest being held throughhout Portugal at the time, but specially in the Heart of Alentejo... After the White grapes have been picked up last month, Antão-Vaz, Arinto, Roupeiro, Fernão Pires, Gouveio, now its time for the Red. Grape varieties such as Alfrocheiro, Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Cabernet Sauvignon, Castelão, Syrah, Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira are now at its best to be harvested.
And it is as if a great symphony has come to live amidts the vast rows of vines...People and machinery, toiling since dawn, collecting the amazing sweet jewels stones, realising, that a great wine, begins long before the great season, and hurry to preserve the grapes and its vital nectar in order to reach its grand purpose - the creation of a unique and memorable Wine. This nectar, single or blended, that can always be shared and tasted, marking many times, great landmarks and achievements in life. Here´s a toast to you, to the Harvest_Season and to Life: