Rose wine makers oppose mixing

27th May 2009, Comments 1 comment

Wine producers from Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain opposed EU plans Tuesday to make rose wine by mixing red and white.

Brussels -- Wine producers from France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland held firm Tuesday against European Union plans to allow rose wine to be made by mixing red and white wines.

Their stand in Brussels came a month before an expected EU vote -- by experts on either 19 June or 26 June -- to allow the mixing practice, which the vintners claimed will bring the "industrialisation" of the wine industry.

Winegrowers fear such a move could lead to thousands of job losses and endanger their traditional rose, made by the more time-consuming method of leaving crushed red wine grapes to soak with their juice.

"We are heading towards a clone product, one that is denatured and which will confuse consumers," said Fernando Prieto Riuz, president of Spain's wine regulatory board.

Claude Bocquet-Thonney, head of the Swiss winemakers association said, "Will the next step be to add artificial colouring?"

The practice of mixing reds and whites is already done by New World wine-makers in countries such as Australia and South Africa.

In an attempt to resolve the dispute, the European Commission proposed that wines created by the old method would be marked "traditional rose".

EU governments approved the plans in 2007 and European experts approved them in January. A new vote by experts is needed now that the World Trade Organisation supports the idea.

France is leading the charge for a veto, and while it is supported by the Greek and Italian governments, it also needs Germany and Spain’s approval to block the move.

AFP / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • H.E. Daniel Padovano posted:

    on 27th May 2009, 23:15:19 - Reply

    Barbarian technocratic malfesence.
    Living proof that tradition and education have completely fallen in Europe.
    If this is what the E.U. calls progress, God help us all.