Wednesday, 1 October 2014

1.10.14 Lots of News Today!

The Junta wants to limit bodega representation on the ConsejoThe draft order for elections in Consejos Reguladores, has set off alarm bells in the Sherry bodegas, as according to the text produced by the Junta de Andalucia, they would see their representation reduced at the Jerez Consejo.

Still at the discussion stage, the draft order incorporates important changes, among which is the equal number of women and men at plenary meetings. As there are many more women among the growers than the bodegas in which there are very few, this implies more grower representation than at present.
As things stand the bodegas have two votes: both as bodegas and as vineyard owners. The draft order, debated by the Consejo of Jerez yesterday in Sanlucar in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Manzanilla’s own DO, stipulates that bodegas would only have one vote, as vineyard owners or as bodegas, whichever represented the greater part of their income.

Beltran Domecq and Cesar Saldana of the Consejo greet the Minister (Diario Jerez)
The main consequence of this measure would be that a high proportion of the vineyard area, almost one third of the total, would not be represented at the Consejo. Although the producer sector and that of the bodegas would stay equal with ten votes each, Fedejerez, the bodega association would lose influence by losing two votes to the producers, leaving eight, two of which belong to Manzanilla and Vinegar.

The Junta de Andalucia agriculture ministry convened a meeting with the Andalusian Consejos Reguladores last Thursday to give them sight of the text, copies of which were sent out to other interested organisations. Certain other organisations only learned of it after being informed by the Consejo, losing two of the fifteen days allowed for discussion.

Two Ruiz Mateos Sons Sent to Prison. Pablo and Alfonso Ruiz Mateos, sons of the former Rumasa boss have been jailed for 6 months and fined 700,000 euros for defrauding Hacienda (the Spanish Inland Revenue) in 1996.

Barbadillo Nominated for Best Bodega of the Year in Guia Peñin. The XV Guia Peñin Awards, which celebrate the very best of producers and their products, will be held in the Alcala hall at the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid on the 16th October. Over 100 bodegas from all over Spain will be there, having gained a minimum of 93 points for their wine in the Guia Peñin 2014. Over 3,000 Sommeliers, buyers, distributors and members of the press from all over the world will attend.

DO Manzanilla Celebrates 50 Years. A separate Denominacion de Origen (DO) for Manzanilla was granted in 1964 and yesterday celebrated its 50th anniversary by holding the Consejo Regulador plenary meeting in Sanlucar. The Consejo has organised a promotional campaign for Manzanilla which will last until the April Feria in Sevilla. The main celebration will take place in Sanlucar on the 15th December, the actual day of the anniversary.

Manzanilla was given its own DO (Manzanilla de Sanlucar) as a result of confusion with a town called Manzanilla which is actually in the Huelva DO.

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