More than 500 people from Almeria have braved the rains and bad weather to contribute to the preservation of the grape growing tradition in the province of Almeria.
The Mediterranean Ecological Group, the Provincial Council, ‘Sabores Almería’ and the Tíjola Town Council have organised a new distribution of vines of historic table grape varieties from Almería.
The Deputy for Agri-Food Promotion, María Luisa Cruz, the Mayor of Tïjola, José Juan Martínez, and the president of the Group, José Rivera, and the head of the Domestic Biodiversity project, Antonio Rubio, took part in this travelling event which has been held for more than 20 years to preserve the ‘green memory’ of a province with a deep-rooted vine-growing tradition.
In total, more than 2,000 vines produced in the Mateo Pérez nursery were handed out, completely free of charge, with the ultimate aim of preventing the extinction of the 26 varieties of vines offered to the people of Almeria.
The distribution, which began at midday, was attended by the Deputy for Agri-Food Promotion, María Luisa Cruz, the Mayor of Tíjola, José Juan Martínez, the president of the Mediterranean Ecological Group, José Rivera, the head of the Tamed Biodiversity campaign, Antonio Rubio Casanova and a group of volunteers from the GEM who have been responsible for distributing the vines.
The provincial deputy, María Luisa Cruz, highlighted the importance of an event that allows us to preserve the fruit that has forged the history and economy of the province: “through the ‘Sabores Almería’ brand we are recovering the traditions and history of our province with one of those that was an economic driving force in the past. I would like to thank all the people from Almeria who have come to the event because they are helping to continue being part of one of the most beautiful traditions, the activity of the vineyards. From the Provincial Council, we will continue to disseminate each of the things that have made us what we are today”.
For his part, the mayor of Tïjola, José Juan Martínez, thanked the Diputación for having counted on this municipality of the Almanzora for the distribution of vines. “In our town this activity is very important because it was one of our symbols throughout the 20th century. It meant an important economic support and generated employment and wealth, being a fundamental pillar in the economic and social development of the municipality”.
For the Grupo Ecologista Mediterráneo, this act means the return of the vines to the Almanzora River. “This rainy day has not prevented hundreds of people from Almeria from coming to collect their vines with which to continue sowing history. Today we have distributed vines that were once part of the biodiversity of this river. An ode to our history and our culture”.
There are 30 vines that form part of the river’s biodiversity and are genetically unique and adapted to this area.
Over the last two decades, nearly 20,000 vines have been distributed and are now planted in every corner of the province and have reached other parts of the country such as the Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Andalusia and Castilla-La Mancha, and even some European and Latin American countries from where they have been requested through the GEM website.
This year a total of 26 different varieties have been distributed among those attending this activity, all of them witnesses to the history of the province’s vineyards: Blanca del Pozo de la Jauca, Uva Blanca de Almendro, del Barco, Colorá de Colgar, Rosada de la Cerrá de Tíjola, Blanca de Malasangre, de Gorra Blanca, de Ciruela, de Fresa, Blanca del Serval, Corazón de Gallo (del Cascorro), Doña María, Valencia (de Pepe Ortigosa), Negra del Cortijo del Chopo, De Magra, Uva del Cirtijo de la Bodega (Alto Saliente), Uva Negra de Malasangre, Cuerno de Buey, Rosada de Sorbas, De Pan, Flame Tokay, De Datilillo, Del Cuerno, Roja del Cortijo de Los Chopos, Royal Legítima and Negra de La Mojonera (Bayárcal).
Diputación and GEM have chosen for this year’s distribution the Alto Almanzora region, in the town of Tíjola, where over the last few years more than thirty mother vines unknown to DNA science have been identified. They are the offspring of a natural experiment that has been carried out for many years in this area, the exclusive home of this exceptional genetic wealth.