An unusual rainfall of the area combined with high temperatures has favored the presence of the mildew plague to the vineyards of the Priorat region.

The most affected vineyards have been the most vigorous, those that had accumulated many nutrients or had recently been fertilized. And the fact is that the fertilizers in the vineyards must be done with great care. It should be remembered that the most suitable soils for vineyards are not those that concentrate a large amount of nutrients, but poor soils, those old vineyards, those that are close to poor soils, where various herbs abound and provide many active ingredients.

We are in favor of not fertilizing: we prefer to provide only the organic matter generated by the herbs, trying to promote the maximum possible varieties of herbs. Following this philosophy, we also believe it is necessary to flee from the systemic, as they create dependence and diminish defenses; they are the antibiotics of the plants.

What deeply concerns us  is the fact that spores can infect vineyards for a long time if the weather is favorable for them. Therefore, it will be important to take great care of the vineyards next year, using natural products and always keeping an eye on crops and vegetation.

Despite the impact of the mildew plague, there are some varieties that seem to have withstood the attacks of this fungus a little longer: Syrah, Viognier, small-grain Muscat, Cabernet… Although it also influences the lands where are planted and the vigor.

The circumstances of this year will allow, among other things, to confirm the great diversity and infinity of micro farms that exist in Priorat and the different characteristics: orientation, height, structure of the earth, form of cultivation, flora and fauna… Now, more than ever, it is essential to maximize observation; regain the ability to observe and expand it, go further, to come out stronger.

 

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