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Posted July 20, 2004 by publisher in Business In Cuba

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The joint venture Bodegas del Caribe, founded three years ago, is producing Cuban wine from grapes harvested on the Caribbean Island.

The firm, an association between the Cuban company Cítricos Caribe and Spain’s Palacio de Arganza, is cultivating several hectares of land where the first grapes growing in Cuban soil will be harvested soon.

The project was kicked off with the introduction of 19 varieties of grape from the Spanish region of El Bierzo, of which four varieties were chosen to create the first stocks.

Plans include expanding the cultivated area to several hundreds of hectares in the Havana municipalities of Batabano, Banao and El Wajay.

Bodegas del Caribe recently presented its brand Castillo del Wajay, which is made from Cuban grapes. The next harvest will be used to create the brand Marques de La Habana.

Wine production in Cuba also contributes to expand the presence in the domestic market of an expensive product in the international market.

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