Weather : 2018 The Costa Brava and Emporda Wines
The Costa Brava / Emporda region is mainly known for its sunny coastline, beaches, incredible chefs and cuisine. An almost perfect Mediterranean weather and climate, enjoying at least 300 days of sun to the region all year-round.
From March to May the temperatures are mild and the hours of sun increase every day. The maximum average temperature is 18º and the minimum temperature is 11º.
The temperature in summer, from June to September, increases but without normally exceeding a 28 degree of maximum in July and August, which are the hottest months of the year.
The rains in summer are scarce, on occasion only a summer storm to cool the atmosphere before seeing the sun again.
The weather, climate and Emporda Wine
The Costa Brava / Emporda is decidedly a Mediterranean climate, which is not surprising, given that the sea to its eastern shores. However, the strong Tramontana wind originating from the Northern Pyrenees Mountain range has a moderating effect on local growing conditions and prevents disease and frosts. Potential damage from the wind, and the resulting stress can be a threat to the vines. This Tramontana wind has given rise to the region’s tagline, 'Wines of the Wind’.
The DO Empordà has closed the 2018 vintage with a 12% increase in production compared to last year !
The DO Empordà has closed one of the best vintages of the decade. The wineries of the Empordà have harvested in the last months a total of 9.7 million kilograms of excellent, healthy grapes. This amount represents an increase of 12% compared to the 2017 harvest and an increase of 13% compared to the average of the last decade.
The abundant rains of the spring, the good weather of the summer and the lack of negative meteorological or sanitary phenomena have led to abundant production and quality this year. These same conditions have favored the sanitary condition of the vineyards has been excellent and that almost 100% of the grapes have entered the wineries.
The good results of this 2018 collection allows us to be very optimistic about the good oenological skills of the grapes, which are expected to deliver a very good 2018 quality of vintage wines.
As is customary, autochthonous varieties have been the most abundant with more than 70% of total production. Black, white and red Grenache were the most important and accounted for 33.9% of all production, while Carignan or Samson accounts for 18% of the total harvested this year.
The wineries of the DO Empordà began collecting the grapes on traditional dates, between the middle and late August, and finished the work at the end of last month.