RECEVIN – European Network of Wine Cities ratified on April 21st in Crete, Greece, the protocol of the European Wine City 2018, a distinction awarded to the Portuguese municipalities of Torres Vedras and Alenquer and the European Wine City – Dyonisos 2018, to the Greek city of Rethimnos. At the ceremony, where for the first time two European Wine Cities were chosen, were present José Calixto, President of RECEVIN, the presidents of the municipal councils of Torres Vedras, Alenquer and Rethimnos, the presidents of the European Federation Iter Vitis and of the National Association Città del Vino and representatives of AMPV – Association of Portuguese Wine Municipalities and ACEVIN – Spanish Association of Wine Cities.
The European Wine City 2018 began in March in Torres Vedras and Alenquer, two of the Portuguese counties with a long tradition of red, white and rosé wines. 75 percent of the wines produced in the region of Lisbon are originating from these territories. Torres Vedras has an area of 6,000 hectares of vineyards, densely populated, with 2,885 farm units. Alenquer has a vineyard area of more than eight thousand hectares and a production of 248 thousand hectoliters of wine per year, distributed by about 40 companies.
Rethimnos was officially proclaimed the European Wine City – Dyonisos 2018, with the aim of making possible the creation of a Greek wine network. Situated on the north coast of Crete overlooking the Aegean Sea, Rethimnos has one of the largest vineyard areas in Greece, both in terms of size (20 percent of the national total) and production (950 thousand hectoliters).
The harmonious Mediterranean climate, characterized by gentle winds and sunny summers, is positively influenced by the mountains and the sea, which guarantee to the vines a microclimate with unique properties. In the region four varieties of grapes are grown, namely Vilana for white wines, Kotsifali and Mandilari for red and rosé wines and Liatiko for some sweet red wines, and there are four areas protected by the denominations of origin: Peza (red and dry white wine), Arhanes (red wine), Dafnes (sweet and dry red wine) and Sitia (sweet and dry red wine).
Recevin is a network formed by the national wine associations of the 11 member countries (Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Spain, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Serbia) and comprises around 800 European cities. The former European wine cities were Cambados (Spain) in 2017, Valdobbiadene and Conegliano (Italy) in 2016, Reguengos de Monsaraz (Portugal) in 2015, Jerez de La Frontera (Spain) in 2014, Marsala (Italy) in 2013 and Palmela (Portugal) in 2012.