Wine producers in Italy expect that the current compensation system for the destruction of part of the vintage will be insufficient. The corona crisis means less wine is exported, which means there is a risk of an excess.
In Italy, 100 million euros are reserved for winemakers who destroy between 15 and 50 percent of their harvest. The Association of Wine Producers expects that there will be more applications than the budget. Vintners can file a claim for damages until next Monday, she reports Reuters Friday.
The news agency writes that local initiatives are being taken to prevent grapes from being thrown away. In Tuscany, for example, 6 million euros were released for the construction of additional storage space.
In the region, the surplus of wine has reached the equivalent of 2 million bottles. The national government is therefore aiming for a production limit of 5 percent.