At an event held in Mtarfa, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights Anton Refalo, together with the Directorate of Agriculture, officially opened the grape harvesting season.
In Malta and Gozo there are about 460 hectares of vineyards, most of which are for wine production, all of which are registered with the Directorate of Agriculture. Minister Refalo stressed how important it was for the Maltese and Gozitan people to recognise the post-production work that goes into ensuring the final high quality local product.
The work of the Directorate of Agriculture is responsible for monitoring and certifying the production process. Today, we have 19 grape pressers and 11 producers of DOK and IGT quality wine, with 90 percent of this wine grown in our country.
Director of the Agriculture Directorate Savior Debono Grech said there were over 800 part-time and full-time farmers registered with the Directorate who grow vines and that in most of these vineyards the grapes were grown exclusively for the production of wine.