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It never rains to everyone's taste. The climatic year 2016 - 17 was complicated due to the great drought that affected the Castilian countryside and it seems that on this occasion the prayers to the 'Virgen de la Cueva' have been heard and in what way!

According to the data published by the Regulatory Board of the Ribera del Duero Designation of Origin, between November 2017 and June 2018 in the area of ​​Valbuena de Duero, a town near our winery, 513 liters of water have been accumulated, while the The historical average of the last 30 years is 282.3 liters.

The field has appreciated the rainfall and has recovered enough water reserves for the strains to develop, a priori, the vegetative cycle normally. This year the flowering has been delayed, although the usual dates have recovered according to the average of the last years.

However, not everything is as rosy as it seems. And in the Ribera del Duero the risk of late frosts and hail during the spring and summer is still present. It should be noted that during the month of June the maximum average temperature recorded was around 20ºC, compared to 26ºC in recent years.

In Dehesa de los Canónigos we suffered the frosts of the end of April and the beginning of May last year, so winter pruning has really been a surgeon's job, "a very fine pruning", as Ivan Sanz explains.

In 2018 we have not been spared, so, together with the consequences of the previous harvest, there will be a reduction in production. The frost of May 13 also made a dent in some of our plots, mainly the one located at the entrance of the winery, 'El Caserío'.

The inclemencies of the spring weather also affected the vineyard in glass, although to a lesser extent, however, the strains planted in the soft slope of the lime soil of the páramo are in perfect conditions.

Once again, the exhaustive selection of the berries that we usually make during the harvest in Dehesa de los Canónigos will be fundamental to seek excellence in our wines.

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