Three cheers for Ali­cante wine

Fo­cus on lo­cal mar­ket for ‘sus­tain­able’ trade

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By Dave Jones SALES of wine pro­duced in Ali­cante rose by 10.5% for the 2017-2018 cam­paign, it was re­vealed this week.

A spokesman for the pro­tected des­ig­na­tion of ori­gin (PDO) area for Ali­cante prov­ince said this con­firmed the ‘con­tin­ued re­cov­ery of wine pro­duc­tion’ in the area.

He re­vealed that in­ter­na­tional sales had seen the largest rise – up by 15% on the pre- vi­ous year, rep­re­sent­ing 28.2% of the to­tal.

The fig­ures for Spain were up by 8.7%, which is 71.8% of the to­tal.

The spokesman ex­plained that this equated to 106,236 hec­tolitres (hl) for the home mar­ket and 41,556 hl which are be­ing sent abroad.

He added that they are aim­ing to in­crease sales in Spain – and pri­ori­tise the lo­cal mar­ket.

“We want to be a ref­er­ence point for sus­tain­able com­merce by pro­duc­ing and sell­ing in this area,” he said.

The spokesman noted that they were able to record the ex­cel­lent fig­ures – even with a re­duc­tion in pro­duc­tion at the start of the cam­paign due to a poor har­vest.

The pro­tected des­ig­na­tion of ori­gin cov­ers vine­yards in most of Ali­cante prov­ince in­clud­ing the Ma­rina Alta, Ma­rina Baja, El Com­tat, L’Al- coià, Ala­cantí, Vi­nalopó Alto, Vi­nalopó Me­dio and Vi­nalopó Bajo.

The vine­yards around La Mata salt lake in Tor­re­vieja are most re­cent ad­di­tion.

Many of the bode­gas can be vis­ited and in­for­ma­tion is avail­able in English at the PDO web­site at www.vi­nos­al­i­cante­dop.org

Great grapes are lead­ing to in­creased wine sales

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