Topic of the Week 11/13/17 - Masters

Thank you and for reflecting on Riesling and its German history last week!

This Week: European Union

Describe the influence EU formation on viticulture and winemaking in Europe, specifically from a regulation standpoint.

  • I dont have a great deal deal of knowledge on the subject but i was just reading about Algeria.  According to Oxford Companion to Wine.  In the late 1950's Algeria was supplying a good bit of juice to France for the purpose of beefing up table wines.  Side bars to phylloxera and Algeria's status as a colony.  So, Algeria gains independence in 1963 and "nearly a million French settlers left....".   France begins to import less and less Algerian wine and the USSR imports more during the period from 1969 to 1975.  Then the EU comes along which has the member nations cooperating on economic and political issues.  Algeria negotiates to export wine to EU member nations and the result is a continued reduction in quantities allowed into the EU.  Most likely, in my opinion, is the the political nature of the late 70's-early 90's, the Cold War, Berlin Wall factors.  Just an interesting side story.

    The EU requires that wine imported into the EU, "third country wine", conform to labelling and wine laws and that the wine "may not be blended with wine made in the EU".  Too bad Algeria.

    The Agenda 2000 reform package reform had aome interesting notes.  The agenda wanted to maintain balance between wine that was in demand and wine that was not.  There was a plan to grub up certain unmarketable vines but allowances to plant more marketable vines.  This seems to be bucking tradition and favoring more economic prosperity acros the board.

    Anyway, again i dont know much on the topic and sorry for the poor editorial.  Thank you for the question.  It is a great topic to think about.  I look forward to more responses and hopefully i can chime again after doing some more reasearch.