The wine industry in Apulia is struggling with enormous stocks. According to the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, around seven million hectolitres of wine are currently stored in Apulian cellars. Above all, the war in Ukraine and global inflation have noticeably slowed down exports, but also domestic sales. In order to bring the market back into balance, the Apulian Minister of Agriculture Donato Pentassuglia and the regional wine committee are working on changes to the production rules. The aim is to reduce yields per hectare and increase production quotas for sparkling wines. In addition, they are considering imposing a planting ban and making crisis distillation possible also for wines with designation of origin. However, the changes can only be enforced if at least 20 percent of the Apulian winegrowers with a correspondingly large vineyard area officially demand it.
"The decline in consumption requires new system approaches, especially for wines with geographical indication. These are currently suffering the most from the economic situation", said Minister of Agriculture Donato Pentassuglia.
(ru / Source: Agrisole)