This subsidy is compatible with the support of organic agriculture, which has increased the premiums in the region by five percent of organic winemakers.
The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development, Francisco Martínez Arroyo found the managers of the Casas Ibáñez wineries, which produce organically and whose farmers receive subsidies from 200 to 210 cash per hectare.
The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development, Francisco Martínez Arroyo confirmed the increase in premiums for organic winemakers by five percent, aid compatible with dry vineyards that can already be requested in Castilla-La Mancha, along with that. one PAC application until May 31.
It is the head of the Regional Agriculture thanks to the family that runs the Vega Tolosa winery, which invites you to get to know the company. This vision was the commitment when at BIOFACH, the most important organic food in the world, which councilor attended this year with the count of the president of Castile-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page.
Vega Tolosa is a great wine in the Casas Ibáñez and La Manchuela area. In this sense, Martínez Arroyo proposed this wine as “an example of what we want to do in the wine region of Castilla-La Mancha, which has diffused quality with a difference”. This difference, which the consultant explained, is provided by the organic production and design of the origin.
In this regard, the consultant estimated that Castilla-La Mancha is the first producer of organic wine in the world, with a production of more than 1.7 million hectoliters. “Companies like Vega Tolosa have recognized that this added value translates into greater benefit for winemakers.”
Good trade with Castilla-La Mancha
Castilla-La Mancha is the first autonomous community that dedicates the most area to organic vineyards, with 64,270 hectares, 43.8 percent of the national total, with a production of 22,922,471 kilograms of grapes, which produce 169,402,628 liters. wine
The latest data in January show that Castilla-La Mancha produces more than two million hectoliters of wine and must in just one month and, Martinez Arroyo, this proves that the sector “competes very well” in the market. . “There are problems elsewhere and we see opportunities in Castilla-La Mancha,” he said.
The counselor mentioned two important issues for wine lovers. The first is that the unified application period is open, from March 1 to May 31, for farmers to apply to the PAC and for winegrowers who have vineyards over 50 years old to be able to request special aid from the dry agro-environmental vineyard. “There are 100 coins per hectare, only for having vineyards that are over fifty years old,” explained Francisco Martínez Arroyo.
This aid is also compatible with organic production, “which is the star of the Rural Development Program (PDR) Castilla-La Mancha”, for which 160 million of cash will be invested between 2023 and 2027. Specifically for the vineyard aid will. to be 231 coins per hectare in the conversion from conventional to organic production, and 210 coins per hectare for the maintenance of organic agriculture. “We have increased the promises to have five percent more organic producers and that Castilla-La Mancha continues to be a leader in the production of organic wine in the world,” insisted the adviser.
the winery in front
Vega Tolosa offers the winery VINATI a package with an investment of 474,000 euros, with a concession of 189,455 reported, 40 percent confirmed by the president of the Vega Tolosa winery, Juan Miguel Tolosa. It has ancient organic bobal vineyards, cultivated in the transition zone to the Valle del Cabriel and produces the Manchuela Wines of Origin denomination.
The vineyard is the original axis of Vega Tolosa, which consists of 250 hectares of its own vineyard cultivated under the parameters of certified organic culture. In addition, they change 1,500,000 kilograms of grapes a year and already increase one million bottles.
Meeting of the wine sector of the municipality
After visiting the ecological wine and regional agrarian office (OCA) of the Ministry of Agriculture in Casas Ibáñez, where there are offices in various towns of La Manchuela, the consultant went to the Hotel Canitas Maite, which has one Michelin star, to. of all the representatives in the municipality.
These are family winemakers and artisans. Some of them continue to sustain and collect indigenous varieties from the bowl and dry vineyards in boxes that are handled by hand, enhancing the oenological heritage of the area. Others, as confirmed by Martínez Arroyo, focus on their clear role in the foreign market and quality elaborations, investing in the best techniques and techniques in vine elaboration and cultivation, as well as in the development of strong organic wine. business
In addition to Vega Tolosa, Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza, SAT Vinícola Ibañense, Bodegas Ibañesas (Balterra), Bodegas Señorío del Júcar, Bodegas Gratias and Bodegas González Cabezas participated; nor the regulatory agents of the Councilor DO Manchuela. For his part, the councilor of the county is Silvia Nieto, director general of the Agro-environmental Policy; the delegate of Agriculture of Albacete, Ramón Sáez and other municipal authorities.
Help dry the vineyard
Both dry and organic vineyards can now be claimed with a single CAP application. From this year 2023 Castilla-La Mancha has aid of 100 coins per agri-environmental hectare to preserve the traditional dry vineyard in the bowl. For 2023 the call has a budget of 26.7 million dollars, and he said “we hope that some 50,000 hectares of the region will benefit from it. La Manchuela is the region that will benefit from these aids, because of the large percentage of dry cup and vineyards”. These resources are compatible with ecological agriculture, the consultant has a rate.
This aid, commissioned by the President of Castile-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, is intended for dry and glass vines more than 50 years old. To achieve this, farmers who want to benefit from these aids must commit to a minimum period of five years and carry out organic fertilization for at least three years. Add a symbolic training of five hours and having a plan, as in other agri-environmental lines.
The aim is to compensate farmers who keep older vines, because they are better suited to the weather, especially in times of drought, when their roots are developed, deeper and, moreover, these vines are usually born from native varieties. the area where their ancestors usually originated, such as the Bobal or Cencibel grapes, which were born in the DO Manchuela.