Martínez Arroyo affirms that the harvest in the DO Valdepeñas will be calm

Martínez Arroyo affirms that the harvest in the DO Valdepeñas will be calm

Maite Guerrero. Valdepeñas, 10-09-2016

The Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development of Castilla-La Mancha, Francisco Martínez Arroyo, visited the vineyards of “La Encomienda” and the Navarro López Wineries in Valdepeñas this Friday morning. Speaking to the media in the vineyards, he affirmed that the harvest in the Valdepeñas Denomination of Origin will develop well this year and will be calm. “It is the oldest appellation of origin and has been working well for a few months thanks to the efforts of the sector and the regional government. The specifications are already in place and promotional initiatives have been launched.”

He assured that the harvest will be “of high production and quality. It is necessary to sell the wine better and better to obtain profitability for the winegrowers.”

He highlighted the two initiatives of the regional government of differentiated payment for grape quality and the Special Plan to control the traceability of grapes. In this sense, he pointed out that controls have been made in the vineyards and that the wineries will also be controlled, betting on the quality of the wine in the region. “There have been more controls on the plot than ever, many in Valdepeñas.”

When asked about his opinion that on Monday the grapes should begin to be harvested without the price being included in the contract, Martínez Arroyo recalled that the Regional Government, in addition to betting on the differentiated payment for the quality of the product and for the Plan to control traceability, has two initiatives that are in force such as the obligation to pay within 30 days and the obligation to have a contract. “It will be necessary to control that this contract picks up the price that the buyer and seller decide.” As soon as there is less grape stock than other years, the Minister said that the stock data must be known every month to make decisions. He indicated that “every year we are able to sell it.” He bet on quality to conquer markets.

Regarding the damage from the storms on Thursday, he said he did not yet have data, but conveyed to farmers the need for agricultural insurance. “They have subsidies for it. You have to adapt insurance to the sector.”

In another vein, when asked about the request of the irrigators of the Tajo-Segur transfer for a new diversion, Martínez Arroyo advocated the use of desalination plants for the irrigation of Levante, as indicated by the regional president, Emiliano García-Page.

He pointed out that the transfers “in times of drought, the only thing they do is generate even more drought and inequality between the territories of our country.”

Regarding the cleaning work after the tire fire in Seseña, he expressed his satisfaction with how things are being done. “More than 2,000 tons of tires have been removed. Before the end of the year everything will have been removed and the plot will be restored. He stressed that waste be used to generate energy and wealth.”

La Encomienda

The Counselor declared that projects such as “La Encomienda” show that there are projects in the region that seek to link up with the territory and that, as explained by one of its owners, Gregorio López de Lerma, they allocate part of the profits that They obtain from the sale of their Oretano and Orissón wines, to the archaeological site of Cerro de las Cabezas, close to the vineyards with which these wines are made.

López de Lerma also valued the commitment of “La Encomienda” for quality