I heard the first first cuckoo of spring this morning whilst walking round the vineyard. The air is cool but the sunshine has warmth. The buildings still hold on to the deep cold of winter. So despite the bright spring sunshine and daytime temperatures of 18oC I go to bed at night with two hot water bottles, something that I never need to do in the UK. The vines are just starting to bud and the air feels full of hope at the start of a new growing season. The Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional are showing signs of life whereas the other varieties are still dormant.
My Vineyard Blog March 2016
There’s a saying in Portugal that goes em Fevereiro, chuva; em Agosto, uva (‘in February rain, in August grapes’ – it rhymes in Portugese!). This winter has been very wet and it continues to rain in March. I arrived in Lisbon today, the second day of spring, to find the segunda circular ring road at a standstill, ankle deep in white slush from a hailstorm. The temperature was 6oC. I don’t think that we will be getting many grapes in August where we are at relatively high altitude (though we migh just pick some white grapes before the end of the month).