In the vineyards of Vega Sicilia at harvest time

I’m in Ribera del Duero, Spain, visiting possibly the best-known of all Spanish producers, Vega Sicilia. It’s vintage time here, and we went out into one of their vineyards to see the grapes being picked.

These are Tempranillo grapes from vines around 30 years old, over the road from the winery in one of the top plots.

Grapes are harvested directly into 12 kg crates

Vega Sicilia is a 1000 hectare property with around 210 hectares of vines. 150 hectares is destined for their wines, while the remainder goes to their neighbouring property Alion.

There is some limestone in the soils here, although the property does have 19 different soil types

This is an old block that’s 120 years old, planted with 27 different varieties

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