Greek winegrowers join the European federation

Thursday May 31 2018 by Vitisphere

The land of Dionysus, Greece can lay a claim to being home to Europe’s oldest vineyards.The land of Dionysus, Greece can lay a claim to being home to Europe’s oldest vineyards. - Photo credit : Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Le Louvre)

Through the Hellenic Association of Artisan Winegrowers (ΣMOE), Greece has become an observer state of the European Federation of Independent Winegrowers (CEVI). Officially created last April 16, the association of private Greek wineries aims to be the vehicle for developing an independent model in a country where bulk wine consignments to merchants are the norm.

It is highly likely that Greece's membership as CEVI's twelfth Member State will be confirmed at next October's congress. CEVI celebrated its 10 years of existence and lobbying last year. It also replaced Canada by Belgium, whilst rejecting an application from Holland due to the fact that the some of the association’s members were co-operative wine growers when bottling on the property is a non-negotiable prerequisite for membership.

ΣMOE

Currently, 27 independent winegrowers have joined ΣMOE and a further 18 more are applying. The association’s first chairman is Thanos Dougos who owns a vineyard in Larisa.

 

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