The harvest of grapes in the area of the Serrania de Ronda north of Marbella on its last legs. The harvest in Ronda is somewhat later compared to other wine regions in the province.
Total fall harvest of one million kilo in accordance Jose Maria Losantos at wine makers societies (Asociacion de Bodegueros Viticultores y de la Serrania de Ronda). This year’s harvest is estimated to be 35 percent less than last year.
Grape Harvest in the Ronda area was between ten and 15 days late because of weather factors. After five months without rain, the rain came late in September.
Grape varieties like Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon are in need of high temperatures in the late phase, but September was abnormally cool in the Ronda area.
This year’s harvest is expected to be very good quality. The wine district is Serrania de Ronda grown grapes Pinot noir, Tempranillo, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. There are 200 acres of vineyards in the area and some twenty wine-house or bodegas.
Andalusia loses almost 38 million Euros in exports to Russia
The southern Spanish region of Andalusia is one of the places most affected by the Russian embargo. Last year exported Andalusia food to Russia to a value of about 75 million. And while Russia is on the 17th place of the countries that import most raw materials from Andalusia so the effect is significant.
These are mainly products such as fruits, vegetables, olives, olive oil and meat and then Andalusia’s economy largely based on these basic foods, it creates a hole in the budget.
According to La Agencia Andaluza de Promoción Exterior-Extenda, dependiente de la Consejeria de Economía, Innovación, Ciencia y Empleo (Export Council under the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Science and Business), show the latest figures that the region loses more than 37.5 million Euros on Russia’s imports during in 2014.
Junta de Andalucía asks, however, that producers should be patient and refer to the EU is working to finalize details of a plan of what funds will be used to compensate for farmers’ losses, and herein assured that the Junta de Andalucía will not hesitate when it comes to asking for more funds if needed.
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