Wine production in Beira Interior is expected to increase by 35% this year compared to 2018. “We (Beira Interior) will have a year-on-year increase of around 35% this year, because last year we had a very sharp drop mainly due to the incidence of mildew and also, at a certain point, of the scorching, ”said the chairman of the Beira Interior Regional Wine Commission (CVRBI). “There were some frost losses at a very early stage but they were not very significant and so we expect to have a more or less normal year of production,” Rodolfo Queirós told Lusa.
The forecasts also point to a “quite good” year in qualitative terms, assuming that the rain that fell about a fortnight ago contributed to “the replacement of moisture levels in the soil so that the grapes had a better maturity”.
CVRBI estimates point to a harvest of “about 21 million liters” (which corresponds to about 28 million kilograms of grapes) from Protected Designation of Origin (DOC) Beira Interior, Geographical Indication (IG) Terras da Beira and table wines. CVRBI has its headquarters in Guarda, in Solar do Vinho, and covers the wine-growing areas of Castelo Rodrigo, Pinhel and Cova da Beira in Guarda and Castelo Branco districts where it has more than 60 members, including four cooperative wineries.
In the area covered by CVRBI there are about 16,000 hectares of vineyards and a wide variety of grape varieties including white Síria, Arinto and Fonte Cal and the redsTinta Roriz, Rufete, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira and Jaen.