|Grapes arriving at Coop Las Angustias (foto:diariodejerez)|
Thursday 1 September 2016
1.9.16 Harvest reaches Half Way Point; Fiesta de la Vendimia Begins
The total picked as of last night was about 28 million kilos of an estimated 60 million. The vineyards of the interior have reached nearly 90% with an average potential alcohol reading of 11.63ᴼ and the main players will have finished by the end of next week. Harvesting is now under way in Sanlúcar and Trebujena while Puerto Real, Rota and Lebrija are yet to start.
Today marks the start of the Fiesta de la Vendimia and there will be all sorts of activities. There will be various exhibitions at the Sala Pescadería Vieja and the Tabanco El Pasaje as well as doors open days at Bodegas Luís Pérez and tours of the vineyards. There will be doors open days at Bodegas Fundador and the Real Escuela de Arte Ecuestre (Spanish Riding School) is offering a show of andalucian horses dancing while Bodega Viña La Constancia is offering a blind sensorial tasting and vineyard visit as well as a theatrical event on the origins of Jerez starring an actor playing the ancient Greek geographer Strabo. Rutasiete is doing a sunset visit to the vineyards in a 4x4 and Genatur is offering a vineyard tour and tasting. Rom 1-3 September there is also flamenco in the form of a Fiesta de la Buleria. This is only some of what is happening.