During the year all the work done is important to get a good and balanced result. The beauty of the natural environment in combination with the lovely weather, outdoor work becomes more pleasant and stimulating. The months July and August are a little different. The high temperatures hinder physical activity but, fortunately, in those months there is not much work to do. However, the only thing that takes place in this hottest period of the year is the harvest of the Chardonnay.



4 SEASONS

An overview of the growth during the 4 seasons of the year.


SPRING


SUMMER


AUTUMN


WINTER

 


GRAPES, OLIVES and ALMONDS


Preferred varieties that can be planted in Andalusia are prescribed by regulation. Based on the options, we have chosen for the originally French Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, because we ourselves love the wine made from these grapes.

Since 2018 we only grow Chardonnay.

There is no specific regulation for the growth of olives. The olive trees we grow are Hojiblanco and Manzanilla. Our olives are not picked as a table olives, but only harvested for making olive oil. Furthermore, there is a wide variety of almond trees.

Chardonnay

The Chardonnay grape has a shiny gold color. It is probably the most famous grape in the world. It gives a wine with much character and it is still refreshing (if it is not matured on oak).

Merlot

The Hojiblanco when harvested early gives less oil, but olive oil with a spicy taste.
Cabernet Sauvignon

The almonds differ in size and taste. The skin is hard and not that easy to crack.


 


HARVEST


As ripening progresses, a representative quantity of tha Chardonnay from across the vineyard are picked to measure sugar content in the juice by using a device called a refract meter. The process is repeated until the grapes are mature enough and the juice has reached the desired sugar content. This combined with the right color brown of the seeds is the moment of harvest. Harvesting the grapes is hard work and gives fun at the same time. The thick bunches are challenging on the plants and if you are lucky a box is quickly filled and a new one follows. Winemaking requires hard work, but also a lot of patience.


The olive and almond trees require less maintenance. The harvest of the olives is in November. We bring them to the olive mill in Monda and there the olive oil is made. After the harvest the trees will be pruned.
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