The 2016 vintage has finally come to a close. We had our adiafa (end of vintage feast) on Monday night having picked the last of our grapes (Alicante Bouschet) the previous week. The hot dry summer caused the vines to shut down in August resulting in a late vintage for many growers (ourselves included) as some varieties struggled to ripen. Thankfully the weather has been kind during picking, mostly clear by day and cool by night. The first heavy autumn rain only began to fall yesterday.