Wine production grew 16.5% on Gran Canaria
The winemakers of Gran Canaria, collected in the 15 municipalities where grapes are grown, harvested 573,300 kilos of grapes last year, of which 423,000 were black and 150,600 white.
Wine production on Gran Canaria grew by 16.5 % over the last harvest of 2015, which means soon more than 570,000 new bottles will come to market under the Designation of Origin (DO) from this island.
It takes just over a kilo of grapes to produce a 75 cl bottle of wine.
Luis Lopéz, the president of the Regulatory Council of the DO of Gran Canaria, says that not only did the harvest increase but the quality of the harvest improved also thanks to a rainy winter with low night time temperatures and moderate day time temperatures, which let the grapes mature slowly.
72 Bodegas and more than 300 growers officially collaborate to make up the DO (Denominación de Origen) collection of wines from Gran Canaria.
The Federación Insular de Asociaciones Vitivinícolas de Gran Canaria (Vinigran), is made up of 350 winemakers and producers.
Small agricultural plots settled on volcanic soils, combined with local trade and manual collection are said to be the primary factors that differentiate these limited edition wines and their artisanal production from other parts of the world, very few other places in the world have such a variety.