Emiliano García Page, president of Castilla-La Mancha, visited the Consejo Regulador Brandy de Jerez and Fedejerez yesterday where he was met by Evaristo Babé, Beltrán Domecq and César Saldaña. He noted the importance of the close connection between the two places since a large proportion of the wine produced in Castilla-La Mancha is destined to become Brandy de Jerez and he hoped this would continue. He encouraged medium to long-term contracts between wine and brandy producers to assist forward planning and thus stability of supply. He also defended “proper” brandy as a product exclusively made from grapes (probably in reference to the “spirit drinks” some bodegas are selling). Thanks to its huge vineyard area – the largest in the world - Castilla-La Mancha has for more than a century supplied some 6 million hectolitres of wine annually for the production of Jerez Brandy, a perfect symbiosis between the origin of the grapes and the climate of Jerez.
|Tasting brandy at the Consejo (foto:diariojerez)|