The CMO on Wine, seen from a political, administrative, and academic perspective
Organized by the University of Castilla-La Mancha, a round table on the effects and consequences of the new CMO on wine for the sector has taken place this afternoon at FENAVIN, the National Trade Fair on Wine, which is being held in Ciudad Real from May 5th to the 7th.
Intervening in the round table "The effects and consequences of the new CMO on wine for the sector and the great debate between the territories, from the political, administrative and academic positions" have been Francisco Martínez Arroyo, Director General of Agricultural Production for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Government of Castilla-La Mancha; Marisa Soriano, Popular Party Member of Parliament for Castilla-La Mancha; Emilio Barco Royo, Professor of the University of La Rioja, Juan Sebastián Castillo Valero, Professor of the University of Castilla-La Mancha and Miguel Briz, Technical Adviser of the Ministry of the Environment, with Antonio Salinas, Socialist Party Member of Parliament for Castilla-La Mancha acting as moderator.
Profiting to the full the latest investigations and scientific knowledge on the world of wine, the different lecturers have analyzed the advantages and disadvantages of the CMO on wine, defending their different positions and arguing the pros and contras of its application in the Spanish market in general and the Castilla-La Mancha market in particular.
The Director General of Agricultural Production of Castilla-La Mancha has pointed out that from his point of view the CMO has been positive due to two fundamental reasons: the Single Payment Policy and promotion. He has also highlighted that the CMO facilitates the possibility of bottling wine with the variety and vintage year on the label and "I believe that our region can benefit from this". Along general lines, he considers that unrooting vineyards is beneficial in view of the great amount of applications that have been presented by farmers over the age of 50 who want to abandon the wine growing activity. The restructuring of the vineyards as an adequate measure that will allow choosing the varieties that will be cultivated is also positive and, in the last place, the need to commercialize our excellent wines properly.
Miguel Briz has expressed himself in similar terms, also including a review of the background history of the current CMO in his lecture.
On the contrary side of the scale was Marisa Soriano, who is disappointed by the application of the CMO, as she considers that Spain and Castilla-La Mancha have been negatively affected with regards to other European countries. "In the opinion of the Popular Party, we consider that we have to act urgently, putting structural measures on the table that will attempt to resolve this situation. Thus we call upon the Department of Agriculture and the Ministry so that they will apply measures that will be aimed at planning commercial development from the producer right down to the vendor, improving competitiveness by means of their position on the market", she pointed out.
On their part the University professors have focused on the general effects and consequences of the new CMO on wine, analyzing the different causes of the crisis. From their respective points of view, they have coincided in pointing out that the CMO could have been done in a different way, because some aspects were approached without being clear on what exactly was required.