Wine-growers hit by a harvest nightmare

Local 7WE have heard a few stories recently about the problems at Tenerife’s vineyards. And now, it seems, the full extent of their troubles are worse than first thought.

The Island’s official regulator has confirmed that 2016 is now expected to be one of the worst harvests in years.

There are a few factors, but the main reason is the winter heatwave, which has really taken its toll on production.

As a result, grapes have ripened prematurely, which has led to irregular sprouting.

The winter’s cold weather, arriving late for many vineyard’s farms, sparked conditions that caused diseases such as a powdery mildew, which affected production.

This led to an extremely poor harvest, with poorly-formed grape clusters and a greatly-diminished production.

The wine-growers are faced with a crop short in quantity, which couldn’t have come at a worse time because the 2015 vintage has sold in spades.

And the regulator does not allow a drop in quality, so this will accelerate the lower production.

Wine suppliers, who have stopped short of saying that they face a long-term problem with climate change, are hoping for a wetter, cooler winter.

However, this Millennium has seen increased temperatures and decreased rainfall  – something wine-growers are beginning to get used to.

On balance, by regions of the Island, the South-east, in the Valley of Güímar, will have a reduced harvest of around 30-35%. This area has 295 wine-growers, with 300 hectares in production.

In the North, the Icoden-Daute-Isora area, where there are 443 wine-growers, spread over 168 hectares, estimates a decline of 30%.

But the Abona region, which might be most affected, expects a harvest reduction of up to 60%.

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