Packaged grapes from Vinalopó
Which area of Spain is it typical?
- Autonomous region:
The vine is one of the products making up the so-called Mediterranean triad (vine, wheat and olive tree)..
It seems that its presence on the Peninsula predates the arrival of the Romans. However, they it was who spread and even protected its cultivation and left it deeply rooted in many parts of Spain. This is the case of the county of Vinalopó, where its cultivation and existence is a very ancient tradition, both connected with winemaking and with eating fresh grapes. The table grapes covered by the Grapes of Vinalopó Designation or Origin are put into bags directly on the vines themselves. They are then harvested and remain inside throughout the process of preparation for sale. This practice has been operating since 1919.
- Type of product:
- From the end of September to the end of December.
- The production area is in the eastern part of Alicante and includes the municipalities of Agost, Caspe, Hondón de los Frailes, Hondón de las Nieves, Monforte del Cid, Novelda and La Romana.
- To drink with it:
- Grapes, eaten as a dessert, are perfect with almost all wines, but they are excellent accompanied by sweet wines of the Muscatel, Pedro Xímenez or Malvasía type.
- Two grape varieties are cultivated using the packaging process:
- with large bunches, grapes of a particular yellowish tone and light muscatel flavour
- later and characterised by producing bunches of pale white grapes, with a neutral, sweet flavour. Because it is harvested later, this is the one eaten on New Year's Eve.
- Rich in sugars.