French shipping firms reportedly have 70,000 hl of wines to distil

Wednesday June 17 2020 by Vitisphere

Initial feedback from the South-West wine trade association reveals that volumes due to be distilled by non-producing shipping firms will be very low.Initial feedback from the South-West wine trade association reveals that volumes due to be distilled by non-producing shipping firms will be very low. - Photo credit : Alexandre Abellan

Due to be published shortly in the Ministry of Agriculture’s Official Bulletin, the launch of the crisis distillation system for shipping firms is raising fears among producers who want to benefit from the scheme in order to offload surpluses caused by the coronavirus crisis. The total volume budgeted for under the scheme - around 2 million hectolitres - is expected to fall short of the industry’s destocking needs, which are estimated to range between 3 and 3.5 million hl.

According to initial feedback, volumes that wine producing shipping firms need to distil will be low, in the range of 70,000 hl of non-GI wine”, explained Michel Carrère, chairman of the South-West wine trade association (UMVIN Sud-Ouest). “Volumes will be low, at just a few tens of thousands of hectolitres. We are not expecting 100,000 hl,” confirmed Georges Haushalter, vice-chairman of the Bordeaux wine shippers’ organisation (Bordeaux Négoce). “It's only fair that shippers should be eligible to distil some of the volumes. Some shippers have withdrawn and must withdraw wines from the market that have no sales outlets. One example is 2019 rosé, which can no longer be sold”, pointed out Haushalter.

 

 

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