The Golden Mile of Wine, war in the vineyards

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The Denomination of Origin Ribera del Duero, headed by its general secretary of the regulatory council, Francisco Uña, and the winemakers in the area have come into conflict. The discrepancies come from the decision that the government has taken to build a highway between Valladolid and Soria and that would affect the destruction of 46 hectares of vineyards, among which would be prestigious wineries such as Vega Sicilia, Viña Mayor, Protos, Emilio Moro, Matarromera, Montecastro, Arzuaga and Abadía Retuerta. The Golden Mile of Wine, as this area is also known for its tourist attraction and economic engine, has unleashed the war in the vineyards, as recognized by more than one winemaker and that could lead to the division of the D.O. since more than one considers unsubscribing if the project goes ahead.

If for the winemakers it would be a significant economic loss, as in the case of the Abadía Retuerta winery, one of the most important in the area that does not belong to the denomination of origin, which would lose almost 70% of its best vineyards, for lovers wine and ecology, among which I find myself, would be an incalculable loss. Let us remember that a good wine comes from good vines and that these are achieved with the time and effort of the winemakers in the improvement and quality of their wines.

What would happen if the highway were built a few kilometers beyond the area so that it would not be affected?

More information | the Economist

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