12 May Alicante Wines participates in “Monastrell Spain”
The project that includes 6 Appellations and three autonomous communities was presented in Ciudad Real.
The association “Monastrell Spain” was presented at this year´s edition of the national wine fair, Fenavin, with the presence of the agriculture councilors of Castilla-La Mancha, Murcia and the General Director of Rural Development of the Valencian Community, David Torres.
The event took place at the Castilla-La Mancha stand, attended by a large audience and the presidents of the Appellations, including Jose Juan Reus, vice president of the new entity, for whom the project “is of vital importance in the revitalization of our historic vineyard and to raise awareness of its worldwide exclusivity”.
For his part, Silvano Garcia as president of the organization, declared that “Our Monastrell is synonymous with sustainability, a rustic variety, perfectly adapted to the land from which it originates and from which exceptional fruits are obtained that give rise to wines of Mediterranean personality. From the association we want to be a united front, without administrative limitations, in favor of the heritage that unites us: the Monastrell variety and its wines.”
The objectives of the association are promotion of the variety on both political and social levels and in the face of non-member countries such as the United States, where there is a growing interest in it.
99% of the plantations of this variety in Spain are located in the Autonomous Communities of Castilla-La Mancha, the Valencian Community and the Region of Murcia. It is a strain of delicate cultivation that requires high temperatures for ideal development. It is very resistant to windy conditions, has low yields and is also very well adapted to dry climates. It produces ideal musts for making expressive, high quality wines with aromatic potential. It is also a very suitable grape for carbonic maceration wines or sweet wines.
The Monastrell variety is the fourth most planted red variety in Spain and the sixth of all plantations. Together, these six Appellations add up to 29,171 hectares, which represents 80% of the cultivated area in Spain. The range of wines made with Monastrell includes rosés, reds, sweets, liqueur wines and Fondillón.
The DOP Alicante is currently the second most important area for the varietal and represents 77% of its vineyard in the Vinalopó regions.