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Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Wine goes green

More and more international wineries   opt for organic production, which benefits not only the environment, but the taste too.

 Grape in Toro

Unsurprisingly, the ecological frenzy has reached the world of wine.  More and more wine producers turn to the certification to demonstrate that their drink is free from chemicals.  The result is a pure taste which is in line with its birth land, as well as being environmentally friendly.  However, obtaining the official qualification is not a simple task, given that in addition to the tedious administrative process, there is a change in routine in the whole chain.  The immediate effort comes with a long-term profit, since the international market requests the presence of the hallmark? with more and more insistency.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, there is a total of 669 wineries that produce organic wine now in Spain, with Andalucía being the autonomy that consolidates 50% of the hectares of production in all the country. There are more and more wine sectors that are adopting this method, even creating specific prizes.  The European Union is the main body responsible for certifying that a wine produced within its territory is effectively of ecological nature.  Although some of them are manufactured under environmentally-friendly conditions, there exists a series of criteria that must be controlled, from the cultivation to the labelling (fertilizers, machinery, corks etc.).  Another example is how the partial dealcoholisation is prohibited.

Once all the parametres have been fulfilled, the wineries must wait up to three years before commercialising their wines as eco-friendly and obeying to a yearly inspection. There are also some fees – between 100 and 150 euros per hectare. With all of this in mind, it suggests that not all producers can pursue this path from the beginning, but there is another option. More and more wineries that are for sale are claiming to have obtained the eco-friendly certificate in order to attract buyers.  Below are some examples.

Winery in Ribera del Duero

A Valencian commitment of the future (Valencian Community, D.O. Utiel-Requena)

This is about producing organic wine in a prestigious and renowned area, where the most abundant variety is the Bobal.  A location where the exceptional climatic characteristics, with marked contrasts between day and night, strengthen the qualities of the grape.  It is here where a known entrepreneur sells his winery for a price of 2,500,000 euros in which the organic certification is already under way.

Centenary wine cellar; certificate granted (Castilla and León, D.O. Ribera del Duero)

Here we find a small wine cellar of two heights built with local stone, in the centre of a small town of the Ribera with fantastic views of the moors of the region. Its price is 1,610,00 euros. It has a vineyard with 5 hectares of the grape variety Tempranillo, a production capacity of 100,000 litres per crop and functions in accordance with the ecological guidelines. In fact, all of its wines are already certified by the European Union. It also has a renovated century-old wine cellar  that belongs to the ancestral environment of the town, famous for its wine tradition.

High-level Architecture and the Toro grape variety (Castilla and León, D.O. Toro)

From 5 million euros it is possible to purchase a recently constructed modern wine cellar  in an important town in Toro, a wine-growing region that for some years now has become famous, with a rich and powerful red wine based on the indigenous grape (Tinta de Toro, a local variant of Tempanillo). It has 20 hectares of vineyards.. There is also a chance to buy the grape of the town and to obtain the organic certification. It was projected by a well-known architect from Zamora who distributed the space in a harmonious way for the winemaking phases.

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