The grapes from the two hectares that the local Celler de l’Hospital de Sant Joan Baptista has in its vineyard in the Aiguadolç area of Sitges cannot be used for the production of Malvasia wine this year.
Most of the sweet grapes have been eaten by wild boars from the Garraf massif, some of which have made a habit of going down to rummage in the Aiguadolç vines.
The action of wild boars has also damaged some of the vines, which will have to be replaced. The Hospital had placed electric wires and other protective elements, but the increased presence of the animals meant that they still managed to gain access.
The Celler has now carried out its harvest, which this year was limited to the town vineyard of the Hospital. Last week there were 1,500 kg of grapes, which are expected to be of remarkable quality. All in all, the forecast is that the wine producer will maintain the same volume as last year, since a lot of the grapes come from the Malvasia de Sitges vines planted in recent years in Ribes and Olèrdola.
The harvest at the Hospital was brought forward to Tuesday of last week due to the forecast that the next day’s storms could also damage the grapes.
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