AssoDistil: Necessary to Maintain Distilleries
Staff Writer - May 12, 2005
AssoDistil, the Italian association for alcohol producers, strongly maintains the need to preserve the role of table wine distilleries, thus guaranteeing good enology.
A document issued by AssoDistil, denounced a report prepared by consultancy companies for the European Commission that is critical of the distillation institute. "The report, addressed to to the Common Market Organization (CMO), seems to include almost all the negative aspects of winemaking," said AssoDistil Chairman Antonio Emaldi.
AssoDistil Wine Department Chairman, Franco Castaldo, said that keeping the distillation in the new EU wine CMO, which is currently being set up, is fundamental to the safeguarding of good Italian wine production. Abolishing the obligation of distilling wine sub-products, could seriously lead to the temptation of "fraud fabrication of artificial wines, which would affect the market negatively."
According to AssoDistil, other important market segments of collateral sub-products generated by wine distillation, such as the production enocyanine coloring obtained from the grape skin, tartaric acid, aromas, etc., would be substantially damaged.
"The whole Italian wine-producing sector is united in defending distilleries within the EU wine CMO," concluded Emaldi. The UEPA (European Association of Agricultural Alcohol Distilleries) has already filed a formal complaint, as have the French and Spanish national distillery associations.