Harvest Report 2018
Metsovo is the highest-altitude vineyard region in Greece, ranging between 900–1050m in altitude. Slopes are steep, and weather conditions can sometimes be extreme. Despite these challenges, grapes reach optimal maturity thanks to maintaining small grape clusters in these vineyards. Varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Traminer, and smaller blocks of Pinot Noir and Syrah, as well as various indigenous varieties of experimental status.
This year’s weather conditions
In 2018 the winter was milder than in 2017, while the temperatures in April and May were noticeably higher than in the previous year. As a result, growth cycle started early. However, prolonged bad weather, recorded in June with very low temperatures for the season and heavy rainfall (recorded 16 days in rain) delayed the growth of stumps observed in the previous months. The summer fluctuated with normal temperatures for the region, and the rains continued throughout August. September was a fairly dry and warm month, with the harvest taking place about 7-8 days earlier. Traminer was harvested on 11/9 with dynamic alcoholic strengths of 12.5% vol, while Pinot Noir on 17/09. Cabernet and Merlot were harvested on 24-26/09 with a potential alcoholic strength of 13.0% vol. Generally, all grapes were harvested about 7-10 days earlier than in 2017 and were characterized by normal sugar levels and acidities for the region. All grapes were in excellent condition.
Yield was approximately 3,000–4,000 kg/hectare depending on variety, slightly increased comparing to 2017.
Although it is still early to evaluate this year’s potential in terms of quality, early indications suggest a very good year for red wines, with high phenolic potential and high acidities, and white wines – still in fermentation – of a rich aromatic profile.