The year has been pretty good hydrologically Cadiz. "If the average rainfall is around 620 liters per square meter," says the president of the wines of Jerez, "in so far in 2010, there were over 1000 liters per square meter," continues Saldaña. "That was good for the country, because the earth holds more moisture. Downside was that in May and June rain down hard again and this time was negative," he admits.
Sherry comes from a difficult time. The crisis has beaten the markets and sales suffered. In 2009, there was a decrease of 8% to 9%. "In the first half of 2010, however, we have seen a revival in sales. This is due to the better performance, especially in the domestic market (over 26% market share) whose sales increased by 8%. But there has been a more moderate increase in traditional markets like the Dutch or German, where sales rose by 2%, "says Saldana.
By contrast, the main export market, the British, still reeling. "However, we are confident that during the second half better." César Saldaña remember that the British have a very seasonal consumption patterns and are in the coming months when they usually make the bulk of their purchases.
Another market that expect you to follow a positive trend is that of Sherry vinegar. This is a product that in recent years has expanded its fame and prestige, but in 2009 it could not escape the crisis, "but sales also recovered in this first half of the year," Saldaña progresses. On average there is about 4 million liters per year.
The Jerez winemakers also have an eye on Cordoba, specifically in the region of Montilla Moriles, whose fields are planted with vines of the variety Pedro Ximenez. There have experienced heavy rains in August and were not known. Enrique Garrido, managing director of the designation of origin of Montilla-Moriles, this setback is not expected to affect the final production. "The heaviest rains were in specific areas. Hopefully, if affected, their production decline can be offset with other areas where the water did not affect much," progresses.
Thus, their estimates are, for the moment, identical to those they had to begin the harvest, in early August, before the rains. Thus, it is expected to collect about 50 million kilos of grapes. This would represent between 20% and 30% more grapes than last year, when it collected almost 40 million kilos. The vines of the appellation of origin Montilla Moriles grow 6,200 hectares belonging to 3,000. Other 1,300 hectares cultivated outside this regulatory board. Garrido hopes the campaign will generate between 100,000 and 110,000 wages.
Two to three million kilos is reserved for the production of Pedro Ximenez sweet wine, obtained after a process of maturation of the grapes to make passes and taking place in a special way in this area of the Cordoba countryside wine, because to the climatic conditions of the Cordoba countryside, with high temperatures during the day and also at night, with little humidity.
Diversifying the business The Feasibility Study of the Jerez (2010-2013) is meeting to date with the proposed objectives, rising to 386 hectares of vineyards participating in the pilot test for the production of grapes destined for the development of complementary products, Efe reported. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the monitoring committee of that plan yesterday held a meeting at which industry representatives appreciated the degree of fulfillment of this pilot trial, which had joined fifty winemakers. The Department understands that, if the current pace of accessions, in 2013 it will have reached initial expectations, reaching the thousand acres that make their crop productivity and real data.
This measure will allow to develop a method of production of rectified concentrated musts, adapted to the conditions of the area and to open up new business opportunities based on the diversification of supply that currently provides the Jerez markets. In this regard, the Ministry of Agriculture collected the Commission proposal and immediately decided to commission a technical study and updated cost and performance in grape production.
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