At the beginning of November, the harvesting of the Aledo variety grape kicked off in the Vinalopó region. This fruit is traditionally consumed on New Year's Eve in Spain following a tradition that dates back at least to the final years of the 19th century.
In an interview with Agencia Efe, the president of the PDO Vinalopó Bagged Table Grape, José Bernabéu, said that they are facing a "good campaign" both in terms of production and marketing, given the excellent quality of the product and the good market response to "the best protected grape in the world."
He said that the weather has been "very favorable" this year since September. The crop has benefitted from the dry climate in this area of the Region of Valencia, necessary to obtain a "premium quality" product.
In addition to the good weather, "the product is being well-received in both national and foreign markets," says Bernabéu. This has resulted in growers not being forced to lower the price of the fruit, as we've seen happen in previous years." Despite this good situation, Bernabéu is still unhappy with the fact that table grape prices continue to be low. "They have been the same for 20 years."
This year, the production registered under the PDO amounts to 40 million kilos, counting all 7 protected varieties. In addition to the Aledo, there are also Victoria, Ideal, Red Globe, Doña María, Rosetti and Dominga grapes. The total production is lower than that of the 2019 campaign.
The Vinalopó grape is harvested in the municipalities of Novelda, Monforte del Cid, Aspe, Agost, Hondón de los Frailes, Hondón de las Nieves and La Romana, and gives employment to more than 10,000 people.
Source: Efe / lavanguardia.com