The Spanish viticulture plays a key role in the revolution that currently affects the vineyards around the world. Although Spain is not the only country to implement these ecologic trends and ground breaking techniques, it has captivated a wider audience due to the wine traditions in this country.

The University of Alicante is currently exploring the multi-element capabilities of the “inductively couple plasma”. This ground breaking work will bring significant benefits to the wine industry of the region. In a similar way, the region fosters solar energy research in the fields of both solar eating     and cooling, which has a direct impact in the footprint of the region’s wine production.

SOLAR POWER                                           Solar array Alicante Northeast

In terms of the economy, there was a need to strengthen the technical development of the wine region. This development was a direct response to the innovation techniques that were used in the new world, which disrupted the markets during the 80s. The result has been the evolution of traditional Spanish wines, which now offer wines that are more elegant. These wines are harmonious and well balanced, with great structure and flavor, which are gaining ground among the consumers. Alicante is one of the oldest regions with “Denominacion de Origen” in Spain, particularly the areas of Vinalopó and La Marina Baja. Wines have been produced in this region since Iberian times. Another development is the application of palaeontologist studies to the Monastrell fossils. These studies have allowed understanding more about the wine making techniques that were used during Iberian times. The understanding of these techniques could be translated in the production of greater and higher quality unique wines in this region.

dama de elchemonastrell fossil

Lady of Elche                    Monastrell seed fossil

 There are a wide range and varieties of grapes that grow in Alicante. However, the Monastrell is a red grape that enjoys the optimum acclimatization process in Alicante, due to its warm climate. This grape variety is not exclusive to Alicante, as it also grows in France, California, and Australia. Alicante was one of the last regions in Europe to be affected by the Phylloxera plague that hit Europe during mid-1800. It is presumed that this has had a positive influence on the vine adaptation process for Monastrell. However, the autochthons Monastrell Species had to be modified with American vines, in order to develop immunity against the Phylloxera.

You will find other grapes used in Alicante’s wines such as Airen, Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. All of them thrive from the rich composition of the Alicante’s soil. The Alicante “Denomination of Origen” has carried out comprehensive projects to communicate the knowledge of the regions soils. The environmental and human factors that are found in this region, contribute immensely to the quality of the Alicante’s wines.

Many vineyards in this region have been practicing ecological process. This practice has resulted in grater quality, as well as on respect for the environment. However, it is important that all wine lovers out there consider that there is a greater production cost for these wineries.

The region offers great opportunities for trade in the wine industry with large ports and a well-connected road system. Our wish is that more young talented people feel the desire to collaborate with wineries, not only to maintain their fantastic products in the market, but also to acknowledge the potential for employment creation they represent, particularly in the field of Eco wines

 

We hope you had enjoyed reading and will be bringing more interesting topics to you soon.

Cheers!

Mariela

“Beer is made by men, wine by God.”
Martin Luther

Timelapse Alicante by Javier Guijarro

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