ALEF-VINAL CRIMEA’S GRAPE GROWERS PICKED OVER THREE THOUSAND TONS OF GRAPES
Alef-Vinal Crimea, a famous large holding company, has collected 3,100 tons of grapes from its own Crimean vineyards.
According to Yuriy Maksimov, the chief agronomist of the company, white grape varieties, such as Chardonnay, Rhine Riesling, Aligote, Rkatsiteli, Muscat Ottonel and Traminer, account for most of the harvested crop. Picking and processing of white grape varieties will be finished next week, while harvesting of red grape varieties, such as Cabernet, Pinot Franc, Merlot and Pinot Black, is over.
“We plan to pick more than 5,000 tons of grapes overall. In 2014, we picked 6,990 tons of grapes from the vineyards of the holding company. 2,078 tons were collected in 2015 and 5,102.6 tons of grapes in 2016. In 2015, low yields were due to February frosts that lasted more than a week,” said Andrey Filchenko, general director of Alef-Vinal Crimea primary processing winery. This year’s weather was quite favourable, so we expect good yields. This year, picking of grapes began a little later than usual, on 31 August, instead of the middle of the month, because cold nights stayed for several weeks of summer, and berries need time to get more sugar.”