The harvesting of grapes is one of the most important steps in the process of wine-making.
The time of harvest is determined by the ripeness of the grape and the weather, of course, can also shape the timetable of harvesting. The harvest season typically falls between August and October in the Northern Hemisphere and February and April in the Southern Hemisphere.
For Malta, this has just begun, with Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights Anton Refalo officially launching the grape harvest season in Mtarfa earlier today.
Refalo praised the farmers for their work and recalled how much this sector has strengthened in recent years. 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, he said.
Also present was Director for the Directorate of Agriculture Savior Debono Grech.
Grape varieties grown on the Maltese islands include the two indigenous varieties Ġellewża (red) and Girgentina (white), as well as several international varieties.