The Cabildo de Tenerife approves in the Governing Council the bases and the call for subsidies, worth 50,000 euros, for the control of traceability in the harvest of quality wines on the Island, a function carried out by the Management Bodies of the appellations of origin. Traceability control is the documentation of the long and complex history of a wine, including all the factors and stages from the grape to the table, in order to reduce incidental risks and guarantee its quality.
The island councilor for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Javier Parrilla, explains that it is a non-competitive subsidy that will be distributed equally among all the denominations of origin of wines that operate in Tenerife. In Parrilla’s opinion, “the social, economic, environmental and cultural importance of the wine sector in Tenerife makes it necessary to promote island public policies that maintain or even improve its activity.”
As a novelty with respect to previous calls, the eligible period will be extended to be able to justify the expenses of controlling the capacity of the must and wine in the cellars, in order to improve quality control. With regard to eligible expenses, those of the DOP’s own personnel and the obligation to carry out training, tutelage and coordination of the people working in the denominations have been included, up to a maximum of 25 percent of the total aid.
The deadline for submitting applications will remain open for 20 business days from last Thursday and must be delivered electronically through the electronic headquarters of the Cabildo. Currently, the vineyard represents the second most important crop in the Canary Islands in terms of surface area, with 6,816 hectares, only behind the banana plantation. Tenerife, which has six Protected Designations of Origin (Abona, Valle de la Orotava, Valle de Güímar, Tacoronte-Acentejo, Ycoden-Daute-Isora and Las Islas Canarias), accounts for almost 47 percent of this area, with 2,977 hectares . There are more than 100 wineries registered with the island’s PDO management bodies.