Arvum Arrope

Arrope harks back to the time of the Romans. In the first Roman gastronomic journals, arrope appears under the name of defrutum, and was principally used in the natural conservation of certain types of foods. Many families, who had produced more than was needed for the home, sold their product to the pastry shops and markets. Arrope became widely accepted in all the European wine growing areas of surrounding the Mediterranean. The word Arrope comes from the arab “arr-ubb”, the word given to the product during the centuries of Arab civilization on the Iberian Peninsula.

Aecovi-Jerez SCA, the producer of the Arvum Arrope, is made up of four cooperatives representing more than 1200 small grape cultivators and wine makers. The company’s mission is to reduce individual risk and create alternative business opportunities for the member producers who all cultivate and produce using traditional artisan methods.

All of the grapes are cultivated using Integrated Agricultural practices which is a whole systems approach to farming that uses less resources, reduces or eliminates the use of pesticides, and mitigates the impact of agriculture on the land. The company is also working with their farmers to produce an organic line of products in 2010. In addition, the Cooperative took upon itself to reintroduce the native Pedro Ximenez grape, and they have several research and development projects under way to restore other native species and traditional products.

Through the efforts of the Cooperative, these small-scale farmers have been able to retain their land, artisan methods, and way of life – resulting in great diversity and a healthy bioregion that would not be possible with mono-cultural agro-industry.

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