The Italian Minister of Agriculture Stefano Patuanelli supports Italy's vintners in their fight against plans of the EU to allow the dilution of wine with water to lower the alcohol content throughout Europe. The Italian wine industry fears a softening of the production rules for top wines with designation of origin. Both the Coldiretti farmers' association and the Unione Italiana Vini business association sounded the alarm against the possible introduction of the practice. The EU Commission, however, made it clear that water was not included in the proposals for alcohol reduction. Already in March, an agreement had been reached at EU level to allow the practice of partial or total alcohol reduction for table wines and partly also for wines with indication of origin.
"The introduction of this practice in wine production represents a great risk that seriously endangers the identity of Italian and European wine ", said Ettore Prandini, President of the Coldiretti farmers' association.
(ru / Source: Ansa)