Vinos denominación de origen La Palma:
The Consejo Regulador controls around 1.100 Wine and 18 Wineries
100 Percent grapes from La Palma
and high quality standards
Tell connoisseurs and awards: The quality of the wines with the seal of origin Denominación de origen La Palma even international is increasingly gaining in recognition. That is also the strict guidelines due, the wine cellars of the DO Association are subject to those. Ensuring they are respected, There is the Consejo Regulador. But who is behind the abstract notion of "Board" and what looks like its working? Managing Director Eva María Hernández Alonso gives insights.
- Eva, the Consejo Regulador de la denominación de Origen La Palma began 1993 with his work and usage thus looks back on nearly a quarter of a century. Why have wine cellars of the island subject to himself then voluntarily this supervision?
Eva Hernández: In these years many grapes were produced, and there, a few wineries wanted to differentiate. Pioneers were the Bodegas Llanovid, Carballo and Hoyo de Mazo, they gave the impetus for the founding of the Association. The DO seal should guarantee to the consumer from the outset, that there are only clusters of La Palma in the Vinos with this label, are subject to a quality control.
- This was the Declaration of war against the mixing of grapes of the island with grapes from outside?
Eva Hernández: And, and Consejo Regulador La Palma has woken from the outset very strictly in, There are no scams. We want to avoid that at all costs, and even in low-yield years, because that would be a disaster. Therefore, there are more bodies next to us, to ensure objectivity and quality assurance: The Instituto Canaria de Calidad Agroalimentaria and a laboratory in Tenerife, both are operated by the Government of the Canary Islands.
- So much for theory – What is the work of the control Council in practice?
Eva Hernández: To do this you need to know first, that under the umbrella of the association DO Vinos de La Palma now 18 Wine cellars and 1.100 Winegrowers supplying to are gathered, in a total of 587 Hectares of vineyard with some centuries-old Grape varieties Edit. The reading on our island begins because of different climatic and geographical conditions in mid-August and is only completed in November – it's the longest harvest period in Europe. In order to avoid, smuggled foreign grapes, are our inspectors a week during delivery in the Bodegas on the spot during this time seven days. First, every wine maker must specify, What grapes he has harvested in which plot, and the controller holding this on a form, that we in the Office in Fuencaliente in looking at our records against check-in. To make everything perfect, are all data to further check on the Instituto Canaria de Calidad Agroalimentaria redirected.
- That sounds quite nice complex… How many employees does the Control Board?
Eva Hernández: In the Office of the Consejo Regulador We are five employees in Fuencaliente, but during the three-month harvest period we hire inspectors to monitor the grape supply in the Bodegas in addition.
- So much what makes controlling the quantity - the Allied Control Council, to guarantee the quality of the DO Vinos La Palma?
Eva Hernández: In Fuencaliente is an area in our rooms, in which we all 15 With five experts to carry out tasting days. Because the Bodgas signed when joining the Association of DO, that they bottle only wines, which is found to be suitable for. This includes controlling the contractually specified oenological parameters analyses in a laboratory of the Canary Islands Government in Tenerife. Vinos with the label Denominación Orígen de La Palma come on the market, When all have passed these tests.
- There are also Vinos, fall through?
Eva Hernández: This is a rather rare, because the wineries know Yes the strict conditions and make their own analysis before issuing the Degustionsflaschen at the Council of.
- And deal with what the staff of the control Council outside the grape harvest?
Eva Hernández: Even then the work doesn't go out us, because we process the subsidies at this time, the of from Europe, by the Spanish State and of the Canary Islands Government for our wine growers are. So, we will credit you, so they can focus on their real work. After the harvest, every single wine farmer with us in the Office must come and declare his harvest, We fill out the forms of subsidy and the winemakers need to sign only. That's mucho trabajo for our team… (laughs) In addition, we're here to the Internet presence of the Control Board, as well as to press- and public relations. Our task is also, to apply the DO Vinos from La Palma.
- The wine fairs are surely a top advertising, which are held for many years in Los Llanos and more recently in Santa Cruz de la Palma. The offered vino tapas combinations will obviously gladly…
Eva Hernández: You can say that. On the FIVIPAL of Los Llanos and the only the second Encuentro Enogastronómico in Santa Cruz 2017 each thousands glasses of wine and appetizers over the counter of stands. I like the visitors, When one Copa de vino to meet with friends, and many buy even more of our special glasses as a souvenir. We design new Copas, so that even collectors on their cost. It was not always so elegant - when we started nine years ago with the FIVIPAL in Los Llanos, There was still no tapas, and the wine was served in plastic cups.
- At the FIVIPAL in Los Llanos 2017 the rush was so great like never before. Who knew the wine fair, noted however, that a few Bodegas, you were always there, missing…
Eva Hernández: And, the reason for this is, that DO-Bodegas 2016 a total of only 793.000 Kilos of grapes for the wine production had- 2015 there were 1,4 Million kilos. The reasons were to warm and dry winter 2015/16 and the forest fires in August 2016, the many vines in the zones of Fuencaliente, Step, Tamanca and Las Manchas destroyed. Depending on the size and geographical location of the Bodegas, too little wine of the vintage is therefore 2016 exists and is not enough, to serve him at events such as the FIVIPAL. Some wineries have to share a, to be able to serve their loyal customers such as restaurants and bars, and make concessions in the new solicitation. Because even in bad years with little income is: There are only 100 Percent grapes from La Palma to the DO wines.
- What are the forecasts for the year 2017?
Eva Hernández: The winter 2016/17 was better than the previous one in view of the climatic conditions, the vines need at this time of year cold hour and rain, to develop. But still much time left until the read - let's see, If all goes well. Our winemakers say: “Still, the grapes sleep many nights outside the Bodega…”
- La Palma is a small island, in the view of the quantity of wine and prices can logically never compete with major growing areas in mainland Europe. How DO control the development of quality?
Eva Hernández: Our white wines were always excellent, and with the reds, we have taken a qualitative leap forward. The wineries have modernized and engineered, each of them seeks their special way - but the wine on La Palma has many different realities in terms of the location of the vineyards and the climate.
- Is the Council of DO wines from La Palma 24 Years work satisfied?
Eva Hernández: I think, It was a wonderful idea, the entire island under a DO umbrella to bring together - for example there are Tenerife five different Denominación origen-Labels. However, e is for our small islandin Countries of origin- and quality label absolute sense and also for wine lovers from outside to understand better. And just because La Palma is so small, We have a better team work and a closer network of all those involved. It should be remembered however, that Bodegas La Palma under the supervision of the control Council first 24 Work years, This is not long, We are still very young in comparison with those on the Mainland as all DO associations in the Canary Islands. We must make many experiences and solve problems. For example, the loss of vineyards and their new investment: Two forest fires have destroyed much in the past eight years… In particular the winemakers in the nature protected areas in the South have great difficulty, new vines to plant, because the technical equipment by the nature protection are severely restricted. There is so much to do much – I think, We just starting… (laughs).
Eva, Thank you for the interview, Wine teeth should give some clues. More information, see all, care for Vinos denominación Origen de La Palma, on the website of the Consejo Regulador in different languages.