Wine production in Alentejo is expected to increase this year by between 5% and 10% compared to the previous year’s campaign and the nectars will have “guaranteed quality”, estimated today the Alentejo Regional Wine Commission (CVRA).
In a statement sent to the Lusa agency, CVRA indicated that the harvest in Alentejo has already begun and that estimates for wine production point to “a growth between 5% and 10% compared to the previous year’s campaign”.
“What is one of the largest wine regions in the country expects that, as a result of this harvest, between 112 million and 118 million liters of wine will be produced,” said the wine commission.
This estimate, the organization stressed, results from a study by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto for CVRA and the contact that the wine commission maintains with producers in the Alentejo region.
According to CVRA, this year’s harvest campaign began earlier, in Serpa, in the district of Beja, with the harvest of grapes for rosé wine production, followed by the harvest of white varieties.
“The prospect is that, by mid-August, about 25% of Alentejo producers have grapes in the cellars and it is expected that, by the end of September, the more than 23 thousand hectares of vineyards in the region will be harvested,” he said.
Quoted in the statement, the president of the Alentejo Regional Wine Commission, Francisco Mateus, stressed that “the grapes harvested are healthy, which will be reflected in another year of guaranteed quality”
“Considering that we are growing abroad, 8% in volume and value, it is a sign that we will continue to offer the market the already recognized excellence of all Alentejo regions and sub-regions,” he said.
In 2022, CVRA recalled, the Alentejo wine region harvested around 150 thousand tons of grapes, which resulted in more than 107 million liters of wine produced.
CVRA was created in 1989 and is responsible for the protection and defense of the Denomination of Controlled Origin (DOC) Alentejo and the Geographical Indication Alentejo, certification and control of origin and quality, promotion and promotion of sustainability.
Alentejo is the national leader in certified wines, with around 40% of the total value of sales in a universe of 14 wine regions in Portugal.
With a vineyard area of 23 thousand hectares, 30% of its production is exported to five main destinations, namely Brazil, Switzerland, USA, UK and Poland.