The article here on the La Voz de Almería website has details of a good year for the production of wine in the province.
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Almería will see its wine production grow 20% this year
Expected to exceed 2.5 million bottles and more than 70% will be harvested in the district of Laujar
After some terrible years due to drought and hail, the vines of the province will recover this year's yield. The grape harvest is about to begin, in the process of ripening in the upper part of the province, the clusters are plump, with about 150 grams of average weight, especially in Laujar, the wine epicenter of the province, where the harvest It is later than in other areas such as the riverside of Andarax or Nacimiento.
The forecast made by the Asaja organization for this campaign are between 20% and 30% more than last year's harvest.
According to all indications, the harvest is excellent both in quality and in production, due to the rains that fell during the spring that has facilitated the maturation of the vines.
The mild summer temperatures and the thermal drops at night have led to the slow ripening, thus improving the yields and the quality of the grapes until the end of October that will end the harvest.
"The harvest has returned to the usual dates in the area of Laujar, after years in which it was advancing due to excessive heat," says oenologist Virginia Bosquet.
Pascual Soler, president of Asaja, also values "the fact that the weather has favored the development of the grape in the province".
The region of Laujar and La Alpujarra brings together more than 70% of the wine -1,100 cultivated hectares- that is produced in the province. One of the problems that overfly the Almeria wine sector is the authorizations for new vineyard plantations that are under a strict regime of control and authorization, which aims to limit and control production and establish greater ordering of the sector.
The producers and winemakers themselves recognize that each year the existing quota does not allow meeting all the demand.
The Provincial deputy of Agriculture, María del Mar López, has pointed out the importance of wine within the wide range of gastronomy that the province has especially now that we are working to become gastronomic capital and "where our wines play a key role since They are an important part of our culture and our gastronomy, they are one of our most consumed products internally, that's why we are very pleased to have an important part of our wineries within the brand 'Sabores Almería', with which we support our sector agroalimentario and is a pleasure to know that we will continue counting one more year with some excellent wines, "he said.