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Low Grape Harvest Spells Wine Price Rises

Thursday August 4, 2011

Low Grape Harvest Spells Wine Price Rises

Bad news for fans of Lanzarote wines as the island's annual grape harvest, which starts today, threatens to yield the lowest quantity of grapes for the last 60 years, according to the official Regulatory Council for Denominated Lanzarote Wines. With only 450,000 kilos likely to be collected over the next few weeks, instead of the average of 2.5 million kilos. A quantity that is likely to result in price rises.

The main reason for this shortfall in fruit production is being blamed on the warmer weather experienced on Lanzarote over last winter as well as the heat wave in June and various attacks of mildew.

The bodegas of Los Bermejos and El Grifo begin their harvests today, 4th August, with other bodegas following suite in the next two to three weeks. But due to the much lower quantity of grapes that are anticipated to be ready for fermentation, the price of Malvasia grapes is likely to hover around the two euro mark per kilo, instead of the average price of €1.30 which has been the norm. With the consequent effect that this year's production may see a significant rise in the price of locally produced wines.

As a result, the president of the Regulatory Council, Javier Betancort, has requested a meeting with members of the Table for Dinamization of Enogastronomy at the Cabildo of Lanzarote to discuss ways in which local vineyards can tackle such structural difficulties in the future.

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