With capricious weather, the start of the rain harvest will be between September 5 and 15 for the earliest areas of our vineyard (18,500 hectares located between Lyon and Mâcon). The 50,000 harvesters planned are therefore expected to be firm by the winegrowers.
Heat, freshness, heat … the early veraison stage was reached around August 5 on average (partial data to date) which positions 2012 as one of the latest years after 2010, since 1993. The expected heat in the days to coming should allow veraison to continue in excellent conditions.
The evolution of maturation therefore suggests a harvest start date of between the 5th and the 15th for the earliest areas of our vineyard (18,500 hectares located between Lyon and Mâcon). The harvest potential promises to be particularly low this year with few bunches per vine and, what is more, small size. However, this low yield augurs well for good grape quality.
The Beaujolais winegrowers will continue to closely monitor the development of their plots in order to harvest the grapes at their optimum maturity. Let us remember that Beaujolais is the only vineyard, with Champagne, where manual harvesting is widespread.
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