AOC wines now eligible for grape varieties with resistance to downy and powdery mildew

Tuesday July 13 2021 by Vitisphere

Changes are underway in the appellation vineyards of Europe, where until now only European grape varieties of the Vitis vinifera species could be used. AOCs will be entitled to grow grape varieties with resistance to fungal diseases (downy and powdery mildew), whose characteristics come from other species, either Asian or American (Vitis amurensis, Vitis rupestris...). In the latest Common Agricultural Policy (CAP 2023-2027), “Article 93 states that crosses between Vitis vinifera and other Vitis may be allowed for appellation wines”, announced French Socialist MEP Eric Andrieu, the European Parliament’s negotiator for the Common Market Organisation for wine (CMO wine).

Stressing that the implementation of this political compromise will be contingent on future delegated acts by the European Parliament, Andrieu said that the measure’s roll out methods in France would ultimately depend on the National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO). “The changes stem from a request by France, and are part of its objective of reducing the use of plant protection products in vineyards. The industry will be in a position to take advantage of this possibility by changing specifications for PDOs”, a source at the Ministry of Agriculture told Vitisphere.

We have been supporting this request for many years. Its adoption is a source of satisfaction for us and will allow us to experiment and adapt within the framework defined by INAO”, said Jérôme Bauer, chairman of the national federation for appellation wine and brandy producers (CNAOC) in a press release.

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