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Mexico wine producers anticipate a 30 percent increase

Mexico City, Mexico — Figures from the SAGARPA reveal that by 2020, an increase of 30 percent in national wine production is expected, elixir increasingly consumed in celebrations such as New Year.

And is that, according to the Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA) who say “in 2016, a production of 80 tons of grapes was recorded, with an estimated value of 627 million peso.”

His estimations point out that this fruit, which is the soul of the wine, shows an important advance in its industrial production, which will allow the growth in the viticulturist sector of Mexico, by 2020.

According to the Agrifood and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), “in Mexico 66 percent of the production of this fruit is table grapes; 11 percent, raisins and 23 percent industrial.

Of the fruit used for the manufacture of Mexican wine, “16 percent is Cabernet Suavignon, 13 percent of Carignan, 10 percent, Merlot; 6 percent is Chardonnay and 6 percent, Chenin Blanc,” while the remaining percentag corresponds to other varieties.

Baja California, Zacatecas and Aguascalientes are the main producers of industrial grapes, which together with Sonora, “generate nine out of 10 tons, but Baja California has a third of the value of the national production of this crop.”

SIAP notes that industrial grapes are also produced in Coahuila, Queretaro, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi and Nuevo Leon, “but the areas that have the appropriate edaphoclimatic characteristics for the development of industrial grapes are located in the north and center of the country, as in Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Baja California Sur, Zacatecas, Guanajuato and San Luis Potosí.”

According to SIAP, in 2016 “there existed in Mexico 1,950 producers and 207 wine companies.”

For its part SAGARPA stressed that to promote the development of this sector and relate it to the tourist industry, many of these wine houses “perform various tourist routes as in Baja California, The wine route, in Querétaro, The Route of the wine and cheese and in Guanajuato, the Wine Circuit.”