Saturday, December 29, 2007

Have you got your grapes ready?

On New Year's Eve, Spaniards will consume around 1.5 million kilos of fresh grapes.

Why on New Year's Eve? Because they say that eating one grape at each of the 12 chimes of the clock at midnight will bring you good luck for the following year. It's an ancient tradition.

You can of course buy tins of twelve grapes preserved in syrup but if you want fresh ones you need those that have been grown in the Vinalopó.

The areas around Agost, Aspe, Hondón de las Nieves, Hondón de los Frailes, Monforte del Cid, Novelda y La Romana have special microclimates that allow them to keep the grapes fresh into winter ready to be picked for Nochevieja.

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