What the ice stole

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Many of you will have heard or read about the effects of the low temperatures of last week in the vineyard. The morning of April 28 we got up with temperatures above -2ºC that perfectly met the weather forecasts: a terrible frost. But the climate is uncontrollable and it is, to a large extent, what shapes the characteristics of each of our vintages.

After having a dry winter and a worm spring, sprouting was more advanced and with greater exposure to the risks of frost. Forecast that  ended up being fulfilled causing an important damage in many of the parcels of the region, being save those located in the highest areas.

In Ostatu we are family of winemakers, but above all, we are vinegrowers. Our vineyards are those that make up each of our wines and their management in a sustainable way, it is our true motivation. Our great commitment to viticulture makes us fully aware of the risks involved in our profession. We have grown up learning to look at the sky, we know that the vines are exposed to the inclemency of weather and, as we have already mentioned, this is uncontrollable: sometimes it "gives us" and sometimes it "snatches" us. But just as we know the risks, we are also aware of the strength of our vines, their survivability.

These are uncertainty moments, why not say it, difficult ones. But it's not time to be pessimistic. We expect increased work and costs in the vineyard. We will go from plant to plant selecting the outbreaks in a much more exhaustive way to obtain a good pruning for the next year. In short, a greater dedication and some delay in the evolution of the vineyard to achieve a harvest of quality in which there will inevitably be a smaller amount of grapes.

Many of you will have heard or read about the effects of the low temperatures of last week in the vineyard. The morning of April 28 we got up with temperatures above -2ºC that perfectly met the weather forecasts: a terrible frost. But the climate is uncontrollable and it is, to a large extent, what shapes the characteristics of each of our vintages.

After having a dry winter and a worm spring, sprouting was more advanced and with greater exposure to the risks of frost. Forecast that  ended up being fulfilled causing an important damage in many of the parcels of the region, being save those located in the highest areas.

In Ostatu we are family of winemakers, but above all, we are vinegrowers. Our vineyards are those that make up each of our wines and their management in a sustainable way, it is our true motivation. Our great commitment to viticulture makes us fully aware of the risks involved in our profession. We have grown up learning to look at the sky, we know that the vines are exposed to the inclemency of weather and, as we have already mentioned, this is uncontrollable: sometimes it "gives us" and sometimes it "snatches" us. But just as we know the risks, we are also aware of the strength of our vines, their survivability.

These are uncertainty moments, why not say it, difficult ones. But it's not time to be pessimistic. We expect increased work and costs in the vineyard. We will go from plant to plant selecting the outbreaks in a much more exhaustive way to obtain a good pruning for the next year. In short, a greater dedication and some delay in the evolution of the vineyard to achieve a harvest of quality in which there will inevitably be a smaller amount of grapes.

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