Last week they finished picking the grape harvest at La Mata. The eight owners there have between them 66 hectares of vines of which 66% are planted with moscatel and 33% with meseguera grapes.
This year's harvest has been very good. It is estimated that the crop will produce 25,000 litres (6,000 more than last year) of the white gold coloured wine which will reach an alcohol content of 15% by volume .
Before the city-planning development on the Torrevieja coast, vineyards extended from the Alto de la Casilla to la Mata on both sides of Cnn 332 as far as the pine dunes.
The remaining vineyards of the Natural Park have survived from generation to generation only because of the symbolic rent the owners pay to the salt company. The vines escaped the epidemic of phylloxera because they are planted on sandy soil. That is why these century old vineyards are able to produce wine with such a high alcohol content.
For those who want to try it, the wine can be bought from the the small warehouses you'll find at La Mata.