Lanzarote’s wine harvest has exceeded expectations, despite the lack of rain and the calimas on the island this year. The 1,900,000 kilos of grapes harvested almost matches the total for last year.
The Wine RegulatoryCouncil stated that “the heat this year meant that the harvest, which started in July, has been the earliest on record.”
Although the amount of grapes has been encouraging, the Council warned that their quality may have been affected by calimas, which cover plants in dust and prevent correct functioning of leaves.
“This can be seen in the grapes from Tinajo,” said the council, “Which are smaller, with less juice. Those in La Geria have not been affected so much as there are fewer plants for every irrigated zone.”
There has been huge demand for grapes this year, with growers able to ask as much as €3 per kilo for their crops.
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