What happens in our vineyard during the coldest seasons of the year?
The cold weather arrives and with it disappears the chromatic diversity that has dressed our Finca Ygay during the last weeks. The fall of the leaf exposes the shoots and trunk of the vine, ready to rest while it stores the necessary nutrients to get through the winter and accumulate the necessary energy to prepare it for the next vegetative stage.
The grapevine's carbohydrate reserves act as a kind of natural antifreeze that protects the plant when temperatures drop below the zero degree threshold. The vine usually resists without problem up to a temperature of between -12°C and -15°C, but in those regions where extremely cold temperatures are reached, complicated techniques are carried out to protect the vines, they even bury themselves as a prevention against the cold during autumn. On the other hand, in regions with tropical climates throughout the year, the vine does not enter this hibernation phase and may have more than one harvest.
The cold helps to eliminate fungi and insects and to prevent, in a natural way, possible diseases in the vineyard. Snow can also be a big help, as the soil absorbs a lot of water.
The vineyard will remain in this resting state until spring, at which time the rise in temperatures will give way to flowering.