As of today, it’s official: there will be no vendimia this year in Yunquera.
You may have read my last post, re the sad blow to the grapes. Well, today, we talked to our friend, who has tried the recommended treatment, to no avail. So he has no work to do this summer, except care for his vegetable garden. So he is mega cranky.
During the pruning, the crew noticed the leaves had a yellowing to them. Manuel thought it was the usual fungus that hits every year, so got right out there with his normal treatment. But it was not the usual fungus, unfortunately. One week the grape berries were fine, and it was looking like a great harvest. The next, the bunches of berries had dried up to nothing.
The scene has been repeated all over our area – all vineyards in Yunquera have been similarly affected. The harvest is lost. It’s heartbreaking to those of us who join in the work every year, so I can only imagine how the bodega owners feel.
This raises some disturbing questions. After a year out, will the winemakers return to making wine, or will they give up? It’s hard enough to make money in agriculture around here, so will their money stretch until next year? And there are wider implications, too – has the fungus hit the whole of Spain, or just our area?