The Wine Committee of the Castilla-La Mancha Agri-Food Cooperative has agreed to draw up a proposal for the grape growing season and hand it over to the authorities, which also includes several measures to stabilize the wine market.
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The main measures include the use of 25% of the grapes in this year"s harvest for the production of grape juice, mainly from the white grape variety Airn, with an estimated production of 600 million liters. It is also proposed that the winery will store half of the juice or wine produced privately until next April. The main purpose of the agreement is to mitigate the negative effects caused by the coronavirus, the current need to re-evaluate wine production, to reduce the amount of wine on the market, to try to balance supply and demand to adapt to the current sharp drop in consumption levels worldwide, and to act accordingly in a difficult sales season that cannot be determined.
The wine sector of the cooperative believes that, in addition to the voluntary actions of the region's wineries, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) needs to take other complementary measures. First, they consider it necessary to maintain the alcohol content of the wines produced at a minimum of 10% by eliminating the by-products produced by direct vinification of the grapes; second, they ask the European Commission to allow each member state to include its wine industry support programs in regulatory measures such as crisis distillation, private storage and green harvesting, and advocate that the EU continue to allocate an adequate budget for the wine industry; and finally, they advocate the approval of a series of marketing measures proposed by the Spanish Professional Wine Organization (OIVE), based on a joint proposal by agri-food cooperatives and producers.