Harvest started in the warmer Ribera Baja area in late August, a little earlier than usual and lasted around two months as is the norm. It started with earlier ripening whites such as Chardonnay followed by reds ? Merlot, Tempranillo, Cabernet, Graciano, Syrah and Garnacha. By early November, just a few parcels of late-harvest Moscatel de Grano Menudo were still on the vine. The region?s harvest report describes the harvest as ?exceptional? with cool but sunny weather in September proving to be particularly beneficial for the final stages of ripening. The mood in the region is decidedly upbeat as regards both quality and quantity for the wide range of grape varieties grown in the DO.