Andalucia occupies 8th place in terms of wine production in Spain. Average production of 1.6 million hectolitres only achieves 3.4% of the national total. More than half of the Andaluz vineyard area is in Jerez (30%) and Montilla (24%), then in a smaller way, Huelva, Malaga and Granada. The wine sector, along with other agricultural sectors is really important to Andalucia.
In an official Bulletin of the Junta de Andalucia (BOJA,) published yesterday, requests may be submitted for the approval of plans for the restructuring and reconversion of vineyards for 2013/14 and support will be available. After the recent great grubbing up of vines in Jerez, already it is clear they went too far.
The harvest 2013 is all but over. Only a few small coastal vineyards have yet to pick as their grapes are not yet quite ripe enough. It has been a successful harvest, slightly ahead of predictions, with over 80 million kilos already pressed. Both quality and quantity, what every wine maker dreams of, have been achieved. The average must weight (sugar content of the grapes) is 11.24.
The XIII Mundus Vini International Wine Awards, a prestigious event held in Neustadt, Germany, was able to count on a masterclass from Beltran Domecq, president of the Consejo Regulador, for 40 wine professionals at the end of last month. Six Sherries were tasted and then matched very successfully with food. The awards, which are organised by German publisher Meininger, are recognised by both the OIV (International Office Of Wine) and the UIOE (International Union of Oenologists).