The harvest 2012 is underway

by Marta Burgués

We are in the season of harvest, of gathering the fruit of the vine to elaborate the most prodigious wine. All wine regions become central to wineries, growers and harvesters, who work every day to see how it will be this year’s harvest.

This leads to a kind of tourism, the wine tourism, which is still in vogue and increases visits during this time. So, the visitors to wineries and vineyards can participate in the harvest in different ways, such as treading the grapes with their feet straight in the winepress.

They see the elaboration process of wine, enjoying a different experience. Furthermore, winery tours, wine tastings and accommodations in the most special and different places.

According to the Spanish Wine Federation (FEV), the 2012 harvest campaign will not exceed 35 million hectoliters, being lower than the 2011 harvest, which ended with 37.5 million.

It is expected that the harvest, therefore, will be also lower and this may increase the price of grapes. This statement is usually the dominant trend in virtually all denominations of origin. Although DO Tacoronte-Acentejo and Cariñena may be somewhat higher. As for the denominations Somontano and Madrid, the predictions are to match last year’s crop.

Given the current economic situation, many seasonal workers in harvest time will receive far less this year gathering the grapes of the Spanish regions. Therefore, a large part of them will spend the season in France, where there are a lot of vineyards.

At this time, the country celebrates the harvest festivals, such as Rioja, in almost all towns, or Jerez, where they are already encompassed within its tourism website.

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