Drought hits the Pedro Ximénez variety in Montilla-Moriles: 30% less production expected
Asaja Córdoba has reported the beginning of the harvest of the Pedro Ximénez native variety of the Montilla Moriles area, which this year is expected with a short harvest of a production thirty percent lower than the previous season.
On the other hand, the early white varieties have been collected, such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat, leaving still the Verdejo, which will produce the first must with which the young wines will be made.
The overall expected production will be around 24 million kilos of grapes, 30 percent less than the previous season, which was already scarce, with 32 million kilos.
The president of the vineyard sector of Asaja Córdoba, Juan Manuel Centella, explained that high temperatures and drought are the reason for this significant decline.
As far as prices are concerned, there are still no estimates, but they are expected to rise significantly to compensate for the drop in production and to make cultivation viable.