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Bodegas Yuntero completes the harvest

15 October 2019

The Jesús del Perdón-Bodegas Yuntero Cooperative closes the 2019 harvest with a production of 104.3 million kilos of excellent quality grapes. The campaign, which has had peak reception days for grapes of up to 4.4 million kilos, has lasted 51 days. It began on August 19 with the entry into the winery of the Chardonnay grape variety and ended last Friday, October 11, with the Airén variety.

Production has dropped by almost 30% compared to the previous harvest, the year in which Bodegas Yuntero reached its historical record with the reception of 146 million grapes. This decrease is caused "by the enormous drought that we have suffered in our area, with rainfall since January of 149 liters/m3, the depletion of the vineyard, and the high productions that were achieved in 2018," says Ramón Alcarazo , manager of Bodegas Yuntero.

Grapes of excellent quality and in perfect sanitary condition
These same climatological factors have led to the grapes from this vintage being of excellent quality, "with an increase in graduation, as well as the intensity of the colorant in the reds, and they are in perfect health," adds Alcarazo.

Of the 104.3 million kilos of grapes harvested at Bodegas Yuntero, 76.6 million correspond to white grapes: Airén, Macabeo, Parellada, Verdejo, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Moscatel, Viognier and Pedro Ximenez.

Red production amounts to 27.7 million kilos of the varieties: Tempranillo, Garnacha, Garnacha Tintorera, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet, Petit Verdot and Graciano. As a novelty, the red variety called Pampana Blanca has been incorporated into this campaign. Of the total production, 44% corresponds to the white Airén and 56% to varietal grapes, with the majority variety in reds being Tempranillo or Cencibel (13%).

All these varieties are produced in both conventional and organic farming. In the 2019 vintage, 12% of the total grapes harvested come from organic vineyards. Bodegas Yuntero was a pioneer in 1992, in Castilla-La Mancha, in the production of wines from this type of agriculture. In addition, since 2018 its organic wines (Mundo de Yuntero) have had the certification seal for vegans granted by the European Vegetarian Union (EVU).

Quality, internationalization and commercial positioning
The main axes of the commercial strategy of Bodegas Yuntero for the current 2019-2020 campaign are investment in quality, internationalization and the commercial positioning of bottled wines.

The Bodegas Yuntero Cooperative, made up of 854 members and with a total of 8,600 hectares of vineyards to its credit, exports its wines to 18 countries: “we are going to continue betting on the internationalization of the company. Our expectations are positive due to the rise in sales prices, which are motivated in turn by a decrease in the production of the harvest in practically all the European productive countries", affirms the manager of the Ramón Alcarazo Cooperative.

"With the investments we are making over the last year (ten million euros in 2019 to incorporate new machinery, installations, tanks and cold equipment) -adds Alcarazo- we have managed to optimize all the must production and fermentation processes. All this will lead to an improvement in the company's productivity and in the quality of our products”.

Bodegas Yuntero is also making a strong commitment to the marketing of bottled wines: “we are developing different strategies, increasing the sales network and hiring new workers to increase sales of our bottled wines. To this end, we are also finishing the construction of a new 4,500 square meter bottling warehouse, which will have two bottling lines and a third exclusively for the Bag in Box format, an air-conditioned warehouse for the perfect preservation of more than two million bottles, and a new shop for the sale and tasting of our wines”, details Ramón Alcarazo.

Bodegas Yuntero's bottled wines are marketed under the EPILOGO brands; YUNTERO; GUIDE GUIDE; MUNDO DE YUNTERO (Ecological) and the low-grade sparkling POÉTICA.

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At Bodegas Yuntero we consider essential the development of a Quality, Environmental and Food Safety Management System, based on the Standards ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and in the BRC and IFS Food Safety Protocols, in order to certify the safe production of our wines, complying with the legal and regulatory requirements that are applicable in our wine production, aging, bottling and marketing activities, and with those established by the client, and other requirements that the organization subscribes, related to its environmental aspects and occupational health and safety hazards.

The Winery supports all staff in the maintenance and continuous improvement of the system, considering each worker as the protagonist of the most important phase of the service of a company of recognized Quality, also promoting responsibility towards the environment.

Bodegas Yuntero, through its Integrated Management System, allows patents, its concern and permanent commitment to Quality and the Environment and to achieve a guarantee for the future of our planet that only competitive, sustainable organizations at the forefront of the market can offer.

Our work is based on the following fundamental pillars:

  • Elaborate top quality products and that they meet the expectations of the interested parties, that they are innocuous, legal and authentic, adjusting to the specified quality, as well as assuming their responsibility towards their clients. This is achieved by defining a clear plan to drive the development and continuous improvement of a culture of quality and food safety.
  • Respect, before their employees, equal opportunityand treatment, their privacy, their freedom from opinion, to guarantee a safe and healthy work environment, the necessary training, employment stability, fair remuneration, as well as avoiding forms of psychological persecution.
  • Offer our customers a Quality service, within the agreed period, maintain due confidentiality and respect for the privacy of thier data, adopt an attitude of honesty and have procedures for handling suggestions and claims
  • Promote in all employees a greater degree of solidarity, responsibility, social participation and the culture of quality and food safety.
  • Manage effectively and efficiently, by making its business activity compatible with the exercise of its social responsibility.
  • Correct and precise definition of the procedures, responsibilities and functions to follow in all departments.
  • Compliance with all the legal requirements and applicable regulations, and other requirements that the organization subscribes.
  • Promotion of qualitu, environmental and food safety, at all comany levels, providing adequate training for all the staff.
  • Prevention, control and minimization of the environmental effects generated in the environment, originated from our activity.
  • Promotion of the implementation of segregation programs at the origin of waste, to favor its subsequent reuse and/or proper disposal.
  • Arrange the delivery of our products in a way that causes the lowest possible environmental impact , always making sure that the products reach our customers in suitable packaging that complies with the applicable environmental regulations.
  • It considers environmental criteria a priority in decision-making, and studying at all times the best environmental technology available, thus modernizing our processes to increase their effectiveness in a reasonable period of time and where necessary.

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