After France, Italy and Spain, crisis-related distillation of red and rosé wines could soon also occur in Germany. According to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), it is currently preparing the drafts for the corresponding regulations.
The EU has made a total of 330 million euros available in a crisis package to support agriculture in 22 member states. Germany will receive 36 million euros, including 6.5 million euros for the wine sector. This is to compensate for "regional market disturbances", which means that not all growing areas would have to benefit. The budget is only available for the elimination of red and rosé wines. Distillation could be supported with 65 cents per litre. This corresponds to a quantity of 100,000 hectolitres or 3.3 percent of last year's red wine harvest amounting to three million hectolitres.
(al / Source: BMEL)