The Ministry appoints Gema Hernández as new director of AICA

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has appointed Gema Hernández Maroñas as the new director of the Food Information and Control Agency (AICA). A career officer and member of the State Agronomist Engineers Corps, Gema Hernández Maroñas has been, previously, deputy assistant director of Fruits and Vegetables, Olive Oil and Wine, and during her professional work in the Ministry she has paid special attention to the wine sector. Until now, he was working within the General Subdirectorate of Support and Coordination of the General Secretariat of Agriculture and Food.

The European wine sector meets in Jerez with an eye on Brexit and the reform of the CAP

The European Committee of Wine Companies (CEEV), entity that represents the EU wine sector and that counts among its members with 24 national organizations, the FEV in the case of Spain, has held its General Assembly today in Jerez. An appointment that has had the support of FEDEJEREZ and the Regulatory Council of the DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry and that has served to analyze some of the priority issues for the future of European wineries, such as the Brexit or the future of the CAP.

Side. Valdepeñas celebrates the Wine Movement Day D.O.

The Movement Day D.O. it is celebrated for the second consecutive year on Saturday, May 12. On this occasion, 26 Designations of Origin have been joined to recognize the importance of differentiated quality wine, DO wine, as a differentiating and prestigious product from many countries of our country, and wine with designation of origin to the public in In general, young people in particular, transferring values ​​linked to it: authenticity, importance and care of origin, food security, cultural roots, diversity, protection of the environment and healthy lifestyle.

TECNOVID and OLEOTEC 2019 will reward the most innovative teams

For the Zaragoza Fair, encouraging the technological development of the agri-food sector is one of the main objectives. For this reason, the trade fair institution recognizes the work of companies that opt ​​for R & D & I actions in order to improve the functioning of the olive and wine market.

Spain: MAPAMA and FEBE collaborate to boost the spirits sector

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment collaborates with the Spanish Federation of Spirits drinks to improve the competitiveness of the sector by signing a general protocol of action, which took place on March 1st. The agreement includes actions to promote sustainable growth and the internationalization of the sector, as well as the responsible consumption of these drinks. It also recognizes the opportunity to establish a stable framework for collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture and the spirits sector.

Globalcaja develops an extensive program of conferences on novelties in reconversion and restructuring of the vineyard

Globalcaja has organized a series of information days to analyze the new line of aid for reconversion and restructuring of vineyards, once the Order of the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development has been published, by which these aids are regulated within the support program 2019-2023 and they are called for execution in 2019 and 2020, to be requested before March 15th, 2018.

The wine value of the DO Valdepeñas wines, present in FITUR 2018

The Valdepeñas Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) will be held at the International Tourism Fair of Spain (FITUR), whose next edition begins tomorrow and will continue until January 21st, two presentations with tastings of its wines, both at the stand of Castilla-La Mancha, as in the stand of the Ministry of Agriculture (MAPAMA).

Spain: approved the measures of the Support Program for the wine sector for the period 2019-2023

The Spanish Government has approved, in the Council of Ministers held on January 12th, the application of the Support Program for the Spanish wine sector for the period 2019-2023. A decision that will make available to the sector measures financed by the EU, with an estimated budget of more than 1,000 million euros. The measures eligible to apply for grants will be wine promotion in third countries, restructuring and reconversion of vineyards, distillation of by-products and investments.

Socialist MEPs denounce possible CETA's failure to eliminate tariffs on European wine

The Spanish Socialist MEPs, Clara Aguilera and Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero, have presented a question to the European Commission, regarding a possible infringement by Canada in compliance with the CETA, with regard to the abolition of tariffs on European wine. Thus, in their request, they ask the Commission if they can confirm in writing that Canada complies, within the framework of the CETA free trade agreement, with the limitation of the "off-site winery retail stores" and if it has abolished the application of tariffs. residuals to European wine.

Valencian farmers consider the limitation of plantations for DO Cava to be detrimental to their viticulture

The Valencian agricultural organizations AVA-ASAJA and La Unió de Llauradors i Ramaders have attacked the ministerial decision to limit the new vineyard plantations for the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Cava, considering it very harmful to the interests of viticulture of its autonomous community. Thus, from AVA-ASAJA, its president, Cristóbal Aguado affirms that the ministerial disposition "is very short and represents a serious blow to the expectations of a growing sector". For its part, LA UNIÓ has criticized that, with this decision, the Ministry has folded to the interests of the DO Cava, controlled by the large Catalan wineries, and has called on the Ministry of Agriculture to initiate as many actions as it deems appropriate to defend the interests of the vine growers in a very important subject for the region of Requena-Utiel. Throughout the month of January this agrarian union will study possible protests.