30 Dec, 2023 @ 10:00
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The majority of Spain’s ‘lucky’ midnight grapes come from one part of the country

Two Thirds Of Spain's 'lucky' Midnight Grapes Are Grown In Alicante Province

TWO-thirds of grapes that’ll be eaten at midnight in Spain to welcome in 2024 will have been grown in Alicante Province.

They are the Aledo variety which is unique to the area.

Bunches have been protected in the Vinalopo vineyards with paper bags placed over the summer to keep them in top condition for up to 60 days.

They are rich in antioxidants and minerals as well as having fewer calories than other brands of grape.

The thin skin gives off a sweet and delicate taste.

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Photo: Fiona Govan

Vineyards are to be found in Aspe, Agost, Hondon de los Frailes, Hondon de las Nieves, Novelda, Monforte del Cid, the Campo de Alicante and La Romana.

The Vinalopo table grape federation(CRDOP) has a slogan of ‘Proud of our role’ which signifies the importance of the Aledo brand and the recognition it gets at the European Union level.

The CRDOP is keen that customers identify and ask for Aledo grapes with official labelling since ‘only then will they eat a product that’s truly protected with all the of quality and environmental guarantees’.

The fruit is always hand-picked often, by students during their summer holidays.

“It would be absurd to maintain a tradition of eating grapes on New Year’s Eve, based on products from other countries,” the CRDOP proclaimed.

The Aledo crops generate 13,000 jobs in the region but growers have suffered from the ongoing drought and higher production costs, leading to significant price rises for consumers- especially in recent weeks.

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