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Winegrowing: for the continuation of planting rights beyond 2018

23 June 2011

Following their European meeting in Gaillac (France) on June 8 and 9, the winegrowers gathered within the European Coordination Via Campesina reaffirm their opposition to the abolition of the rights to plant vineyards within the European Union.

Winegrowing: the European Coordination Via Campesina demands the continuation of planting rights beyond 2018


Following their European meeting in Gaillac (France) on June 8 and 9, the winegrowers and winemakers gathered within the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) reaffirm their opposition to the abolition of the rights to plant vineyards within the European Union in 2015. They welcome the fact that the governments of 11 Member States (1) as well as the European Parliament and the Assembly of European Wine Regions have adopted a similar position …


ECVC demands the continuation of planting rights beyond 2018.


Indeed, planting rights are an effective tool of regulation to counter the relocation of wine production to regions that are economically more favorable – relocations benefitting only the “heavyweights” of the winemaking industry and at the expense of smallholder wineyards who create jobs and are more evenly distributed among the territories.


The winegrowers note that the current system of planting rights has, for example, failed to control the following developments:


– in France it has not been able to regulate the expansionism of some French winegrowing regions at the expense of others,


– in Portugal it has been unable to prevent the relocation of production from the North to the South of the country.


To prevent these abuses, the current system of planting rights can be improved through:



a system of free allocation of winegrowing rights from the national reserve, in order to help the establishment of young winegrowers


an update of the vineyard register in each country


a monitoring system on the ground in order to prevent illegal plantations.


(1) D, Fr, Esp, It, Port, Hun, Aus, Rom, Cyp & Lux,Cz


Contacts :


Jean François Bianco, Confédération Paysanne (France): +33 643 224 859


Joao Dinis, CNA (Portugal): +351 239 708 960


Manuel Do Campo, SLG (Galicia): +34 686 304 088


Alejandro Garcia Gasco, COAG (Spain): + 34 653 803 758


Francesco Benciolini, ARI (Italy) + 39 3387753623


Cristina Micheloni AIAB (Italy) +39 3488059339


Irmi Salzer, ÖBV (Austria) +43 69911827634


Gérard Choplin, Brussels team +32 473257378


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