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2018 grape harvest

2018 grape harvest

An exceptional year in comparison with the last 5 years. A cold and dry winter, cold and wet spring and early summer, and hot and dry late summer. The grape harvest began in mid-September, around 10 days later than usual.  

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2017 grape harvest

2017 grape harvest

A very dry year with maturation taking place with the aid of little water. This was one of the earliest harvests in the Douro Valley in memory with rich and concentrated musts showing a tendency towards high alcoholic content.  

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2015 grape harvest

2015 grape harvest

A cold and abnormally dry winter was followed by a hot and dry spring and summer. The severe water stress and high temperatures in June and July speeded up maturation, later moderated by rain in September.

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2014 grape harvest and re-beginning

2014 grape harvest and re-beginning

2014 was a year not only of great wines but above all a major turning point. This was the year Quinta de Ventozelo was acquired by Gran Cruz and in-depth work began to explore the estate’s infinite potential. A cool and clean year with a very damp winter and spring...

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2013 harvest

2013 harvest

2012 brought some unexpected surprises in terms of climate and viticulture, but nothing like 2013 had in store for us. After two very dry years, it started to rain heavily in the early winter of 2012 with little let up until April. If, on the one hand, this rain was...

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2012 grape harvest

2012 grape harvest

After the huge potential revealed by our wines from 2011, there were high expectations about the 2012 harvest. At various places in the Douro region, there was great interest about how this year would turn out after 2011. The first months of 2012 were unusually cold...

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2011 grape harvest

2011 grape harvest

This was one of the most extraordinary harvests in the Douro Valley in memory. After a wet winter, mainly in December, spring brought heatwaves and dryness, giving vine maturation a major impulse in April and May. But these harsher months turned into a cooler and...

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