Snowy year

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January is gone leaving a good balance in terms of rainfall. Both as water and snow, more during its last days, they have marked the keynote of the beginning of 2015.

The life of the the vine grower and, therefore, the winemaker's one, going on in a constant look at the sky. We look during winter pruning time, in the frigid and distressing mornings of April, in the dangerous summer evenings ... and of course, every minute of the harvest. Sun, fog, snow, water, wind ... all are necessary at some point and a terrible enemy in others.

But snow is not the same, is different. The snow doesn’t damage our crops or inundates our fields. Snow covers with her white cloak our vineyards leaving an almost bucolic stamp. Okay, for us snow is always good. The knowledge of our grandparents, based on experience, has told us so.

In winter we need two things to give us some stability for the rest of the year: water and cold. The first one helps to maintain groundwater reserves and provide water for most of the year. And the second, serves as a natural purifier, kills small larvae and fungi that have grown with the previous heat. The snow gives us both things in one. The fact is that sometimes, too much water is not absorbed by the earth and runs directly into rivers. But snow takes its time to thaw and, little by little, the subsoil takes that water. Moreover, when snow covers the trunks of strains we have that cleaning effect I said before, due to low temperatures.

And how nice it is all snowy? That is another attraction of this winter phenomenon that worth visiting.

We are in February and it looks like it will continue the same trend. In fact, as I type this post continue to fall snowflakes. And is that as the typical Spanish saying goes: "Year of snow, year of goods".

January is gone leaving a good balance in terms of rainfall. Both as water and snow, more during its last days, they have marked the keynote of the beginning of 2015.

The life of the the vine grower and, therefore, the winemaker's one, going on in a constant look at the sky. We look during winter pruning time, in the frigid and distressing mornings of April, in the dangerous summer evenings ... and of course, every minute of the harvest. Sun, fog, snow, water, wind ... all are necessary at some point and a terrible enemy in others.

But snow is not the same, is different. The snow doesn’t damage our crops or inundates our fields. Snow covers with her white cloak our vineyards leaving an almost bucolic stamp. Okay, for us snow is always good. The knowledge of our grandparents, based on experience, has told us so.

In winter we need two things to give us some stability for the rest of the year: water and cold. The first one helps to maintain groundwater reserves and provide water for most of the year. And the second, serves as a natural purifier, kills small larvae and fungi that have grown with the previous heat. The snow gives us both things in one. The fact is that sometimes, too much water is not absorbed by the earth and runs directly into rivers. But snow takes its time to thaw and, little by little, the subsoil takes that water. Moreover, when snow covers the trunks of strains we have that cleaning effect I said before, due to low temperatures.

And how nice it is all snowy? That is another attraction of this winter phenomenon that worth visiting.

We are in February and it looks like it will continue the same trend. In fact, as I type this post continue to fall snowflakes. And is that as the typical Spanish saying goes: "Year of snow, year of goods".

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