Agricultural Practices

Wind in the Vineyards and Olive Groves

Wind in the Vineyards and Olive Groves

The wind has a major influence on our agriculture.
Both at Herdade do Esporão and Quinta dos Murças, it helps the grapes ripen and develop during pruning, which follows flowering. During rainier months, aeration and dry leaves are key to avoiding fungal diseases.
At Herdade do Esporão’s olive grove, the movement of air is important to pollinate and clean the flowers, helping the olives to ripen.
That said, a combination of wind and high temperatures may cause olive blossom to fall early and “scald” the more sensitive grape varieties. In order to avoid this problem, we have planted hedgerows at Herdade do Esporão that protect the vines against the strong, warm winds of spring and summer.