The success with which the Bahia de Denia wine was received, elaborated by the Virgen Pobre of Jalon Cooperative, has led this winery to bring onto the market a new wine, the Sweet Bahia de Denia. This new product was presented yesterday at the Centre for Tourist Development (CDT) of Denia, by the managers of the cooperative and the Denia and Jalon Town Halls.
The new wine is a sweet Muscatel, offspring of the dry variety commercialized two years ago and which is, according to the director of the CDT, Jose Vidal, its “older brother”.
Franciscio Cervera, the president of the cooperative, described the new wine as “the apple of the eye of the winery” and he wanted to thank all the restaurateurs and people in general who supported the Bahia de Denia.
The winery’s enologist spoke of the great aromatic potency of the Sweet Bahia de Denia, achieved, among other things, by the putting into practice of new technologies such as the installation of tangential filters at the winery, which allow a stop to be made in the bacteria and yeast activity in the wine. The result is “a very natural product, with no additives, and very balanced”.
The Mayoress of Denia highlighted the importance of the wine which has the city’s name. A fact that also demonstrates that “between neighbouring villages it is much nicer to collaborate than to compete”. Because of this she wished “the highest success for this product so that we can carry on being a united region, collaborating in this shared history and culture that we share”.
History and culture of the grape
Denia’s Municipal Archeologist, Josep Antoni Gisbert, also participated in the presentation of the wine, and he offered an explanation of the origins of the Moscatel grape’s culture, and of the elaboration of these kinds of wine. A tradition which goes back to Roman time. “In Denia, he said, we have the first evidence of grape production in western Rome”, dated in the 7th Century.
The wines were also currency “staples” in medieval Denia. The grape was also a prime material which allowed the city to live in the commercial splendour of the raisin in XIX. Although you don’t have to step that far back. 25 years ago, he said, the Les Marines road way was surrounded by Moscatel vines. Now, he said, Jalon is the last opportunity to preserve this scenery.
2. 2. 2006