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Alvarinho monovarietal’s are today, the hallmark of Monção & Melgaço sub-region, natural consequence of the umbilical relationship that has been developed over time. This deep dedication resulted in an occupation of 80% of the land with this grape, which is managed by 70% of grape growers in business. However, were not only the grape growers who elected Alvarinho as their main source of revenue. Also the companies that transform and trade wine, have as their core business the production of Alvarinho, having in its portfolio of brands, still wines, sparkling wines and burning water.

In 1985, in response to the need of having a platform to assist in the targeting of European funds for business-growing, grape-growers in this region have organized themselves and created the Associação de Produtores de Alvarinho (APA). During the following decades APA felt the need to integrate the wineries in the organization, promoting a convergence strategy between two players of the Alvarinho chain. Thus, the development of a joint strategy for action, enabling the creation of value for all, became one of the areas of intervention of the APA.

In 2009, after merging with União de Produtores de Alvarinho (UPA), the association now it is called Associação de Produtores de Alvarinho de Monção e Melgaço (APA Monção e Melgaço) and became the only structure representative of grape-growers and winery in this sub-region, with about 1700 Alvarinho growers and 35 wineries producing Alvarinho wine.