Red South America

Red South America

2008 vintage guide for Red South America

2008 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Cold, dry Chilean winter persisted into spring, delaying budbreak up to 20 days in places. Buds were prolific though; some growers controlled yield by extensively de-budding, but millerandage…

2007 vintage guide for Red South America

2007 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions After a wet winter, budbreak was up to two weeks early in Chile, though heavy rainfall in October disrupted grape set and reduced yields by 15-35% on 2006.…

2006 vintage guide for Red South America

2006 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions A cool, snowy, wet Argentinian winter delayed budbreak, while a cool, dry growing season – much less hot than previous years – extended ripening by 10-20 days, boosting…

2005 vintage guide for Red South America

2005 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Chile The 2004-2005 season started with spring a little colder than usual in most parts of the country. According to some reports, valleys in the central area were…

2004 vintage guide for Red South America

2004 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Chile Generally speaking, the weather has been well behaved although this year’s summer in Chile was very hot and dry. The grapes ripened quickly and with smaller, thick-skinned…

2003 vintage guide for Red South America

2003 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Chile A wet winter in 2002 with 30% higher rainfall than average was followed by a cool spring which delayed shooting and budding and caused some problems with…

1999 vintage guide for Red South America

1999 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions The vintage featured drought conditions, with a hot growing season that led to harvesting super-ripe grapes under ideal weather conditions. Early picking went to plan, though late picking…

1998 vintage guide for Red South America

1998 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions El Niño unleashed its worst. Whole sections of vineyard were washed away, and others had to harvest in terrible conditions. Some tractors got bogged down in the mud.…

1997 vintage guide for Red South America

1997 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Weather conditions that presage the disaster of El Niño and La Niña. Still, it is technology that leads the way. There is disquiet at how dry the Andes…

1996 vintage guide for Red South America

1996 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Climatically we are still in the same situation. It is the vineyard and winery changes that lead the way. Steam is now widely available instead of hot water,…

1995 vintage guide for Red South America

1995 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Global warming is seen as a possible issue for the future, with less water available from the melting snows of the Andes. Underground aquifers are also having to…

1994 vintage guide for Red South America

1994 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Once again it is technology instead of weather that leads the way here. The rapid change that is overrunning just about every aspect of the business is seen…

1993 vintage guide for Red South America

1993 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Once again, not much to report on the weather front. Most of the action continues to centre on wineries, especially in Chile, where hot water is being introduced…

1992 vintage guide for Red South America

1992 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Weather conditions are stable and typical throughout the regions. Global warming is showing a minimal effect in reducing the size of the snow-cap and glacier size in the…

1991 vintage guide for Red South America

1991 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Climatically it is very difficult to differentiate this year from others here. Regional differences may have played a part, but what really makes the difference is the development…

1990 vintage guide for Red South America

1990 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Weather conditions for this year varied very little from the norm. It was generally regarded as a dryish year, with good solar radiation available in most important wine…