The packaging method is an artisanal and entirely manual technique found exclusively in the Vinalopó area. It consists of covering the best clusters with paper bags until the time comes to harvest. In doing so, they are protected from external elements such as plant protection products, insects and weather conditions (rain, sun, wind, etc.). This guarantees that the grapes ripen slowly. The result is a grape that is uniform in colour, is healthier, has a thinner peel and tastes great. This maturing method also means that consumers can enjoy a summer fruit in the winter.
The bags that are used in this technique are made from cellulose paper (they are recycled following use) and they are available in small, medium and large sizes. The size is selected based on the size of the grapes, meaning that the berries are protected as they grow. The fruit that grows under this protection is harvested approximately between 15th September and the end of December. There is a Mediterranean climate in the Vinalopó valley and three sub-climates (maritime, warm and subtropical) that mean that the maturing process can be delayed and the grapes are left on the vine well into the winter. It is the last grape of the year.