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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wine & Spirits Daily: EU Adopts Wine Sector Reform

EU Adopts Wine Sector Reform

The European Commission formally adopted new EU wine sector reforms today as
a way to take back share from new world wine producers. It follows the
agreement reached by ministers in December 2007 after a long, drawn-out set
of negotiations and compromises took place. The reform will take effect
August 1.

One of the most controversial elements of the package is that the government
will pay less-successful wineries to dig up vineyards and voluntarily leave
the business. The scheme will last for three years and apply to a maximum of
175,000 hectares of vineyard in the EU.

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