06 Oct The 2016 Bizkaiko Txakolina harvest commences
The Bizkaiko Txakolina (Txakoli of Biscay) harvest has commenced a few days ago with the harvesting of certain varieties of early grape, although it will enter into full swing this weekend, when almost all of the plantations registered under the Designation of Origin will commence the grape harvest tasks.
And with a little bit of luck and the weather holds the 2016 harvest is expected to end, as is customary, for the week of 12 October, although certain plantations in the cooler areas will delay the harvest for a further few days.
The 2016 Bizkaiko Txakolina (Txakoli of Biscay) has commenced with a slight delay as compared to recent years due to two main reasons: a cooler spring and a severe drought in the home stretch of summer.
Fortunately the weather during the last days of September is fostering a good ripening of the bunches, that is why the Regulatory Council expects that the grapes coming into the cellars is of a similar quality as compared to last year, that is, of an excellent quality.
As far as quantity is concerned, it is worth noting that the yields per hectare will be similar to those of last year, although the entry into production of certain young plantations will lead to a marginal increase in the total quantity of grapes harvested. The total quantity last year was 2,681,329 kilograms.