This harvest has been the earliest one in recent times, starting on August the 31st 2006 with the variety Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo: 15 days earlier than usual. Due to the high temperatures during September (many days the temperatures rose above 30ºC) this harvest has been one of the fastest in the D.O RUEDA history.
In the third week of September began the harvest of the variety Tempranillo and already in the first week of October the whole crop was received in our facilities.
Concerning grape quality, our enologist Angel Calleja says that it is excellent, although the grape yield was lower. That is the reason why the volume of the harvest was finally smaller than expected.
On the other hand, and due to the high temperatures, the alcohol content of the vintage 2006 is slightly higher and the wines are not as explosive in the nose as in 2005, but more powerful and elegant on the palate.
Agricola Castellana SCL has been once again the biggest producer and bottler of the Designation of Origin Rueda this year, receiving in its wine cellar 25% of the grapes of the whole area of Rueda.
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