Malta’s grape harvesting season has just opened, and the harvest for 2018 is expected to be better than it has been for the past two years,
For the past two years, grape production has been down due to heavy winds and draught, but this year, the numbers are expected to be back up again, thanks to more favourable weather conditions.
Around 90 per cent of the grapes that are harvested during this period will go towards the making of high quality wines, including Girgentina, Gellewza and Chardonnay.
Meanwhile, an ongoing campaign aims to educate the public on the meaning of DOK Malta, DOK Gozo and IGT Maltese Islands. A study by the Department of Agriculture showed that while these certifications have been in Malta for ten years, the public still lacked awareness about the range of locally-produced wines currently available in Malta.
In the near future, there are also plans for a Maltese wine trail which will include wine makers in both Malta and Gozo.