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This year's grape crop in Spain's Lower Bay appellation is higher than last year

For the other Galician (Garcia) appellations, the 2020 harvest is expected to be slightly lower than 2019, while the Lower Gulf appellation (D.O. Ras Baixas) has now confirmed that its crop this year will be higher than the previous year.

Image courtesy of: Penin Guide Spain

According to harvest data from last Thursday, more than 31.8 million kilograms of grapes have been harvested, the vast majority of which are Albario (31.1 million kilograms), while the total harvest for 2019 is only 32.4 million kilograms. The Regulatory Commission of the production area expects this year"s harvest to be 37 million kilograms, but there is a risk that unfavorable weather conditions from last Thursday will lead to large deviations in the final figures and force an acceleration of the harvest in the last phase of the season. Normally, harvesting activities would continue until the first week of October, but based on current conditions, there is a possibility that harvesting could end early.

Harvest data from several other sub-production areas show that the first place in terms of production was Val do Salns, with a total of 22 million kilograms, followed by Condado de Tea with 6.34 million kilograms, O Rosal with 3.27 million kilograms, Ribeira do Ulla with 360,000 kilograms and Soutomaior with 7,000 kilograms.

The main grape variety planted in the Lower Bay Appellation is Albarino, which covers more than 96% of the appellation's vines, with relatively few plots planted with red varieties. To date, the production of 8 red grape varieties is only 120,000 kg. The Lower Bay is a very diverse appellation in terms of terroir, its climatic characteristics and soil types give different personalities to the wines of the different regions, with the O Salns being more refreshing and more acidic, while the wines of the O Rosal and O Condado regions are much softer.