Fernando Meis Otero, vinegrower and winemaker of Bodegas Meis Otero, in Salnés area, tells us how the flowering has been generally in this area and in its vineyards:
The most outstanding occurrences in spring have been the Mildiu onset in Rías Baixas and with stronger incidence in Salnés area, to which we belong, and the irregular fruit setting.
The Mildiu appeared in leaves, stems and bunches.
- Mildiu in leaf
- Mildiu in bunch peduncle.
Bunch attacked by Mildiy from the peduncle, so the healthy part of the bunch will fall off due to the fact that peduncle will dry completely.
These pictures were taken during May and June.
Now, the vines are entirely clean of Mildiu but we must be very watchful to prevent its setting back, because the climate conditions we are having (humidity and hot) favour this appearance.
During May and June the climate conditions were ideal so that Mildiu could develop quickly – rain, high humidity and mild temperatures- which forced us to be more vigilant and check that the treatments made on the vines gave the results we attended to achieve ( stop the advance of this fungus and prevent new infections).
Among the treatments we have made in the vines we count on the “clearing off” (remove the leaves), green pruning (remove the bunches that had or were in risk of infection) and applying a treatment based in copper.
.- Irregular flowering and fruit setting:
- First bunches with good fruits
The beginning of spring with good temperatures made that first bunches had a great and perfect fruit setting; however changes in temperature and rain more specifically, made that other bunches from the same vine, delayed in flowering became irregular in fruit setting.
- Badly fruit setting bunch
In addition, due to the rains during flowering, there have been many flowers that have not turned out into grapes, and so, the bunches have lower quantity of grapes. This problem affects to quantity but not to quality.
These pictures were taken two weeks ago; you can see the difference in the bunches.
Now, with flowering and fruit setting already over, we must be more than vigilant to prevent other sorts of sickness and infection in the vines (oidium, moth, mildiu in grape cluster, wood funging, …)
But now, end of June, we hope to achieve a not large but for sure, optima yield, with beautiful grapes like in past yields.