Agriculture Parliamentary Secretary opens the Vendemmia season

Reference Number: NEWS003, Press Release Issue Date: Aug 08, 2016
Registration exercise of grapevines to end this month

Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries & Animal Rights Roderick Galdes today visited the Maria Rosa Wine Estate in Attard, as a prelude to the 2016 Vendemmia Season which sees the grape harvest and eventually the start of the wine-making process.

While lauding the initiatives of this boutique hotel, Hon Galdes announced that a registration exercise of grapevines in Malta & Gozo is currently being undertaken by the authorities, with the registration ending this month. He remarked such registration enables the government to have reliable information on the number and location of these grapevines in both Malta & Gozo. So far, around 500 farmers already took part in this exercise.

Hon Galdes concluded that despite territorial limitations, the local wine industry is focusing more on the quality aspect and thus continuously improving its own product. This is necessary in the face of stiff competition from imported wines, Hon Galdes said.​