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"The crisis can be an opportunity for the wines of Jumilla," the president of the Control Board (25/03/2009)

The next 26 and 27 March will take place in the XV Competition Jumilla quality wines of the Appellation of Origin.

This event, considered by organizers as "the great feast of wine ', was presented by President of the Regulatory Council of Miguel Gil Jumilla Vera and communications manager, Enrique Calderon.

Miguel Gil said that this is an event "well established, with the participation of many wineries and samples and the illusion of them all to get any prize."

The president also stressed the importance of the event and the wines of Jumilla "which is reflected increasingly in the wine guides and magazines in Spain."

Referring to the crisis facing all sectors and also the wine, Gil Vera said that "this situation can be a help and an opportunity to Jumilla wines."

"In Jumilla we have a product of value for very interesting price, which will allow us to overcome the current crisis that we are, in fact we are checking into places like the U.S., where consumption has fallen and yes changing trends in the consumption, so that is going to consume fine wines and expensive wines as good and much cheaper, so there is the opportunity for our products, "said the president.

For his part, Enrique Calderon said that the mechanics of the festival will be the same as previous years and stressed the importance of findings showing that in Jumilla wine is made for at least 5,000 years, "so it must be something what the Jumillano presumed. "

In this XV Certamen Quality Wines, involved nearly all the winemakers in the area, that they are presenting their wines appeared on the market in 2008, a total of about 120 samples of different brands and working.

The jury is composed of 18 professional tasters, most of them critical of the major national news media, will appreciate all the samples to award the prizes, gold, silver and bronze in the eight categories that make up the competition.

The tastings will be held on 26 and 27 March in the hall of the City Council.

This fifteenth edition, is marked by the discovery, in late 2008, Jumilla, particularly in the archaeological site of Coimbra de Barranco width of gold earrings decorated with bunches of grapes.

At the site of this site whose excavations began in 1978 belonging to the Iberian settlement of the fourth century BC, and seeds were found "vitis vinifera", which shows that in Jumilla wine is made at least 5,000 years .

The data, which reinforces the idea that this land is gifted by nature for the production of fine wines, has been extended by discovering a few months ago in a tomb from the Iron Age, the gold earrings bunches of grapes.

Experts say belonged to a rich man who could bear arms, also found in the tomb, which provided gold, and most importantly, who should be the owner of vineyards.

The history of our growers and winemakers.

On the night of March 27, the gala dinner awards ceremony, the winners receive a plaque with a copy of these earrings, which are preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Jumilla Jerónimo Molina.

During the ceremony, hosted by the renowned journalist and news presenter '2 'Mara Torres, was appointed honorary president, Francisco Abellán, Jumilla mayor and senator of the Kingdom of Spain, in recognition of his efforts and vigilance in the defense the wines of our land.

The choice of Francisco Abellán as honorary president, Miguel Gil Vera said "is the perfect ambassador of our wines as well Abellán Paco has always been supporting us both personally and institutionally."

The Jumilla was officially created in 1966.

Its production area is located in the southeast of the province of Albacete and includes the municipalities of Montealegre del Castillo, Fuentealamo, Ontur, Hellin, Albatana and Tobarra, and north of the province of Murcia with the municipality of Jumilla giving name to the DO currently the production area covers about 30,000 hectares, of which 45% are in the province of Murcia and the rest of Albacete.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Jumilla

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