This week the Wine Regulation Council of La Palma reported that over the last ten years, forest fires and changing meteorological conditions across the island were the two main factors that led to the reduction of over 100 hectares of grape vine cultivation.
The areas most affected include Los Llanos, Las Breñas, Mazo and Fuencaliente, which are traditional wine producing regions, as well as other regions where grape vines are grown, such as Garafia, Puntagorda and Tijarafe.
This Wine Council confirmed that the current situation is due to the great fires that affected Fuencaliente in 2009, 2012 and 2016, so there is now an urgent need for more investment in these damaged areas.
However, the General Directorate of Agriculture also reported that it believes that this reduction in the cultivation of vineyards has occurred mainly in family owned businesses, but that there has been an increase in the cultivation of grape vines by larger companies.
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