Born out of a group of Maltese enthusiastic viticultural farmers’ dream in 2006, Vitimalta or as it is known by its name Organizzazzjoni Produtturi Għeneb Għall-Inbid (Maltese Islands Grape Producer Organisation) has today established itself as the largest grape producer organisation in the Maltese Islands.
Vitimalta has over 300 viticultural farmers members both in Malta and Gozo, who in turn represent about 90% of all Maltese and Gozitan grapes for wine production.
Grape varieties include international varieties like Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, and Sangiovese for red wines, Grenache for Rose’ wines, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Trebbiano and Vermentino for white wines and Moscato Bianco for desert wines. Furthermore Vitimalta cultivates also the two indigenous grapes the white Girgentina and red Ġellewża.
Roles of Vitimalta
Apart from producing around 90% of grapes for the local wineries, Vitimalta selects a limited tiny fraction of its vineyards yearly and as far back as pruning time in early winter, starts directing its work in these vineyards towards an exceptional low yield superb quality produce. This produce will eventually be processed into the Vitimalta’s own premium quality wine. Vitimalta’s wines are directed towards limited numbers of high end quality wines.
Vitimalta organises and takes part in several activities throughout the year like the Imnarja Fest at Buskett and other similar activities taking place in our islands. During these activities Vitimalta organises wine tasting sessions and has also started organising wine competitions between amateur winemakers.
Grape varieties include international varieties like Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, and Sangiovese for red wines & Grenache for Rose' wines. White wines are produced from several other varieties like Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Trebbiano and Vermentino whilst the varieties Moscato Bianco and Zibibbo are directed towards desert wines. Furthermore Vitimalta cultivates also the two Maltese indigenous grapes, the white Girgentina and red Ġellewża
From time to time, Vitimalta organises information courses to members in various localities throughout our islands, in order to keep the farmers updated with the latest information. Furthermore these courses also include visits in relative vineyards and practical fieldwork.