January 2008 Douro Insider

After an extremely cold spell over the festive season normality returned in January.  Some considerable rain finally came at the start of the year, and with it a welcome increase in temperatures.  Typically unsettled winter weather was definitely the flavour of the month with a little of everything – morning fogs, showers and also a bit of sun delivering quite pleasant daytime warmth.  Interspersed with all of this were some seriously blustery and rainy days with decent downpours and also a couple of really stormy winter nights bringing strong gusts and driving rain.  There was plenty of mud about but not enough to interfere with the machines that were cutting the terraces for this year’s new plantations.  Oddly enough, it appears that we still haven’t had sufficient water to germinate the cover crops yet, and these were markedly lagging in terms of their development.  It is unfortunate to note that from mid-January onwards the rain almost totally dried up and it seems that the drought may have returned. Full Report

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