Indigenous grape Rome from Axarquia
Lauren Rosillo from Sedella Vinos shares with us some of his knowledge about the grape variety Romé and Mediterranean viticulture.
Have you ever heard of Romé tinta?
The indigenous grape variety Romé has been cultivated in Axarquía since the 16th century; the Romé presents quality for optimal growth, although it is sensitive to reduced fruit set where in some cases it may lead to a loss of the entire inflorescence. It’s a late ripening-grape, and the exposure of the vineyards is crucial for the correct development of the berries.
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Our old vines give us an average yield of 4000 kg/ha. Grapes are a medium size with blue pigmentation. When cultivated in the highest part of Axarquia, grapes give medium body, high acidity wines with a medium alcoholic grade and bluish hues. The Romé grape variety coexists with other local strains such as Grenache and Jaén. Here at Sedella Vinos, we produce nothing but the highest quality wines, we practice organic agriculture and never use any synthetic products.
Mist carries minerals from the sea and deposits them on vine leaves. When the sun comes out these minerals dry out, resulting in burns on the leaves, this is very typical of Mediterranean vineyards.
Here Lauren tells us a little something about organic viticulture, he explains why vines are treated with chamomile, a natural compound.
You can see how the oidium fungus thoroughly infects grape clusters that didn’t receive the chamomile treatment. The majority of the grapes that receive the chamomile treatment benefit from this natural compound, demonstrating its health benefits.
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