According to the latest data released by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Autonomous Community of Valencia now ranks third in organic vineyards, with more than 13,000 hectares of organic vineyards, after Castilla-La Mancha (more than 60,000 hectares) and Catalunya (18,000 hectares of certified organic vineyards). Catalonia (18,000 hectares of certified organic vineyards).
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In recent years, the area of organic vineyards in Spain has been growing exponentially, especially in Valencia. The region has great potential for the development of organic viticulture and winemaking in terms of climatic conditions and vineyard growing locations, altitude, and soil types that are conducive to the implementation of ecological practices.
For wineries, cultivating organic vineyards and following ecological guidelines in the production process has two main benefits: on the one hand, working in an organic environment helps protect the environment and reduces the risk to human health by not using chemical products in their work; on the other hand, it is mainly reflected in the sales of wines, which in recent years have been highly valued in many countries with an ecological or organic label.
Not ignoring this trend of ecological prosperity, the Valencian agricultural organization Proava convened an organic wine competition with the Valencian Organic Agriculture Council (CAECV), which is held every two years and the results of which will be announced in December. More than 140 CAECV-certified wineries are participating in the competition, and each winery must present three wines. All participating wines will be evaluated by a tasting team composed of recognized experts in the wine field.
Jos Antonio Rico, President of CAECV, said: "We are positioning and promoting a key organic farming sector such as wine in another way. This type of activity will motivate our organic producers to produce better quality wines while being more respectful of the ecology.