Despite the continuing drought, August has been relatively cool with very few days when the thermometer rose to 40oC. The maturation of the grapes has been relatively slow and even and the early harvest that I predicted back in July is looking to be more like a normal, mid-September harvest for the reds. Today, with the sun shining and with temperatures in the high-20s we are picking white grapes. Apart from Viognier, I have no white grapes at Quinta do Centro but the old vineyards round about are interplanted with different varieties, both red and white.
My Vineyard Blog August 2015
Eighty percent of the country is suffering from severe or extreme drought at the moment after a hot, dry July. There is a map showing a huge orange blob at the centre of the country where the drought is most severe and forest fires have broken out all over Portugal, fanned by warm winds. But Portalegre seems to have escsped the worst and we still have plenty of water with the springs on the quinta are still flowing.