CHINA imported 607,000 bottles of Designated Protection of Origin (DOP) wine from Alicante province last year.
If the regional government gets its way, however, China could soon be buying the same wine under the Valencia designation instead, although Alicante’s DOP label was authorised in 1932 and is one of Spain’s oldest.
The province’s wine-makers, cooperatives and agricultural unions as well as public and private bodies are now joining forces to retain this identity.
They have signed a declaration calling on the regional government’s Agriculture department to repeal an edict applying Valencia’s DOP to all the region’s wines.
Alfaz del Pi recently signed the document, announced the local mayor Vicente Arques. The Alicante DOP covers wine from a hundred municipalities inland and along the coast from the Marina Alta down to the Torrevieja national park, Arques pointed out. The Alicante DOP label is one of the Valencian Community’s most important cultural heritages and must be defended, he declared.