December: the cold leaves the Arzuaga vineyards bare

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At Arzuaga, we’ve had an up-close look at the evolution of the vineyards for nearly three decades. We’ve seen how the vines offer us completely different scenery depending on which season we’re in. After the explosion of colour in spring, everything is flooded with green in summer and dyed in an earth-tone palette in autumn, and then the cold of December brings a new change in the vineyard along with it. Brown makes way for grey – or white when we get snow – and the bare plants endure the low temperatures we get every year in our area of Ribera del Duero.

With grapes having already been harvested, the temperatures start to drop and vines get ready to withstand the winter once again. They lose their leaves, leaving them completely bare and all their reserves are concentrated in the roots. The nutrients stop flowing through the vine and are concentrated in the roots to survive the frosts. It’s precisely for this reason, due to the absence of chlorophyll, that the vines lose their green shades, paving the way for the stage in which the shoots are the most prominent part.

Soon, before the heat from the soil reactivates these nutrients and they start to travel through the vines again, we’ll be getting out our shears as it will be time to prune the vineyards. This is when, with the vines still bare, we do the necessary trimming so that the plant will have the right load for the harvest, the one that’s perfect for achieving the optimal level of ripening. It’s an activity that must be carried out lovingly and carefully, like we always do at Arzuaga.

But we still have a few months to go before it’s time to prune. For now, we invite you to visit us in Quintanilla de Onésimo, in the heart of Ribera del Duero, to see what the cold brings to our vineyards, the impressive look of the bare vines and the shoots growing and following their own paths for the time being. Each season brings a change in nature with it, an evolution in the vineyard landscape, and by visiting Bodegas Arzuaga, you have the chance to experience this first-hand.

Visit our website at to check out our wine tourism offering and make your booking to experience December in our vineyards. We look forward to welcoming you!

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