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FIVI: review the criterion of representation in the Consortia by creating a discussion table

FIVI: review the criterion of representation in the Consortia by creating a discussion table

The President Matilde Poggi writes to Undersecretary Centinaio with the aim of giving a voice to all the actors within the protection consortia.

The representation of everyone within the Consortia is a topic raised and debated for some time by FIVI, which in recent weeks has been rekindled due to the problems relating to the election of the Board of Directors of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG protection consortium . Here the intention emerged to concentrate the management of the denomination in the hands of some large groups, in particular belonging to the cooperative system, with the consequent exclusion of the interests of small producers . The Conegliano Valdobbiadene case is only an example of a widespread situation throughout the country: for this reason, FIVI believes that it is necessary to intervene. In fact, the current legislation (in particular art.8 of Ministerial Decree 232/2018), establishes that the votes are attributed according to the wine production of the previous year, thus evaluating only the quantity produced, without considering the number of producers, nor how much they contribute to the protection of the quality and landscape of the appellation. A further issue is the institution of proxies, expressed by the winegrower members at the time of joining, which gives great power to the Cooperatives that participate in the work of the Consortia, making the other participants almost non-existent. "This mechanism has inevitable consequences on the effective representation within the Consortia - underlines Matilde Poggi in the letter sent to the Honorable Centinaio - The vote is in the hands of a few large groups and cooperatives , who decide in solitude the strategic choices of management of the denomination ". The objective of FIVI, as spokesperson for small producers, is to modify this unfair procedure , to allow the effective representation of all the actors in the supply chain for a real protection of the denominations. Small producers represent a system that directs its production towards the highest quality and it is right that each Consortium protects them by recognizing them equal dignity. The invitation is therefore to create a working table to reconsider the representation criteria currently in force, with the aim of strengthening the vitality of the protection consortia by giving voice to all parties.

Tuscan consortia united in the promotion of an online course for wine tourism operators

Tuscan consortia united in the promotion of an online course for wine tourism operators

The wine, its territories and the many producers who guard vines and vineyards, over the years have become a fundamental and winning voice for the tourism of many Italian regions, starting with Tuscany.

Starting from February 2021, the Morellino di Scansano Wine Protection Consortium , together with the Chianti Wine Consortium , the Montecucco Wine Protection Consortium and the Maremma Toscana Wines Protection Consortium , in collaboration with the Tuscan Wine Tourism Movement and the Consolve company and with the lawyer Marco Giuri (from Giuri Avvocati, a firm specialized in the wine sector) as creator and scientific coordinator of the online course for wine tourism operator, have decided to promote an online course for the training of wine tourism staff, a figure specialized in the reception and reception of guests in wineries, able to competently present and promote the wines and, as a whole, all the productions of a company. " As soon as the Tuscany law on wine tourism came out ", underlines the lawyer. Marco Giuri , creator of the first Online Course for Enotourism " I realized that the protection Consortia would have played a leading role in the organization of events and in the field of wine tourism training. To date we have already created and brought at the end of the first course for the Bolgheri and Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC Consortium, which had a great success in signing up. The intention to extend the course to as many subjects as possible in this difficult moment immediately seemed to me a further reason to available my experience in the training sector. It is undoubtedly the Consortia that have a decisive role in the relaunch of the wine-growing areas of the wine tourism sector: in this perspective, some important Consortia in Tuscany have decided to embrace the online training initiative and become the main players in the professional growth of their territories . In the next tomorrow, more than ever, wine tourism will be the driving force of our country and the Tuscany of wine is aware that a new model of hospitality must be designed. The Course for Wine Tourism Operator will be entirely on an online platform and will have a very practical cut and will be held by experienced Professionals in the Wine Tourism sector , continues the lawyer. You swear. A training course aimed at those working in wine tourism will start at the beginning of 2021. Bernardo Guicciardini Calamai , Consorzio Tutela Morellino di Scansano: " Wine tourism is decisive for the economic revival of the country. We must be prepared with competent figures ". Marco Alessandro Bani , Chianti Wine Consortium: " The goal is to enhance and encourage the reception of wine tourism: the course allows you to have all the credentials to activate this type of activity ". Francesco Mazzei , Consorzio Tutela Vini della Maremma Toscana: " we want to provide operators with the right tools to be able to offer themselves at best ". Claudio Tipa , Consorzio Tutela Vino Montecucco: " At the end of a year that has marked the wine and tourism industry on a global level, it will be essential to restart on the right foot ". " The territory of Morellino di Scansano, thanks to its geographical position and the presence of landscape beauties of unquestionable charm, has always been the destination of many tourists " explains Bernardo Guicciardini Calamai, president of the Consorzio Tutela Vino Morellino di Scansano . " Wine, of course, plays a leading role and will have an even more important role in the future in acting as a driving force for tourism in our area. Unfortunately, the pandemic in progress has greatly slowed down the wine tourism activities of the companies in our area " continues Guicciardini . " This, however, must not stop us, on the contrary it pushes us to want to invest even more in training. The course, which will start next February, is part of the wine tourism development strategy of our Consortium which will include further initiatives, including an important project that will see us as protagonists and that will be presented at the beginning of 2021 "he concludes. " We decided to take advantage of this moment of relative calm for companies in the sector to invest in training and be ready for the restart of tourist movements, which we hope will take place from next spring - explains Marco Alessandro Bani, director of the Chianti Wine Consortium - L 'goal is to enhance and encourage the reception of wine tourism: the course allows you to have all the credentials to activate this type of activity, still new and little exploited, but with great potential ". " Tuscany, historically, is one of the major wine tourism destinations in the world, characterized by extraordinary territorial and food and wine resources ", adds Francesco Mazzei, president of the Consorzio Tutela Vini della Maremma Toscana which continues "it is clear that in 2020 there was a block in tourist flows even in our region, having said that, wine tourism is certainly a well-established phenomenon in some areas, which first began to invest in this direction, but there is still enormous development potential in other areas of Tuscany such as the Maremma, so wide and To do well, I believe it is essential to invest in training in this sector and for this reason we have decided to embrace the initiative of the course: we want to provide operators with the right tools to be able to offer themselves in the best possible way. Among other things, to move tourist flows. and to relaunch the regional economy, such as A.VI.TO - the Associazione Vini Toscani DOP and IGP - is mo thinking about a major event for May 2021 that involves all operators in the supply chain, there will therefore immediately be a concrete opportunity to put what we have learned into practice . " " We welcome this initiative with enthusiasm " declares Claudio Tipa, President of the Consorzio Tutela Vini Montecucco and continues " At the end of a year that has marked the wine and tourism industry globally, it will be essential to restart on the right foot, continuing to look ahead and maximize our wine tourism offer. We are pleased to have been involved in this relaunch project aimed at professionals, with a view to helping - and also renewing - a sector in difficulty and to further enhance our wonderful territory ". INFORMATION ON THE ONLINE COURSE FOR WINE TOURIST OPERATOR Applications, subject to an evaluation by the organizing Consortia, must be entered exclusively through the site from 16 December 2020: WWW.CORSOENOTURISMO.IT. The site will also contain all the detailed information of the course for Enotourism: times, costs and other information of interest.

Harvest yields: Confagricoltura Piemonte in agreement with the protection consortia to favor market equilibrium

Harvest yields: Confagricoltura Piemonte in agreement with the protection consortia to favor market equilibrium

Towards the full exploitation of the production potential of Moscato d'Asti; Brachetto is also recovering. The harvest is not abundant and of quality. Exports drive consumption: it is necessary to act with caution to ensure balanced development of the sector.

" The good trend of marketing, especially abroad, and the consequent reduction of stocks, today slightly below the physiological level - declares Gianluca Demaria, president of the wine section of Confagricoltura Piemonte - suggested to the protection bodies a consistent increase in volume of product available to meet the needs of the market. We are confident that the consortia, which we contribute to manage with representatives expressed by the agricultural part - adds Gianluca Demaria - will be able to act with prudence on the possible release of the harvest reserve to continue to ensure a correct balance between production and consumption ". The meteorological trend has so far accompanied the vegetative development of the vineyards in a favorable way. The hailstorms, although ominous for the areas affected by bad weather, did not compromise the overall quantity of the harvest. " The last part of the ivo production cycle - declares Ercole Zuccaro, director of Confagricoltura Piemonte , an organization that with 40 technicians working in the area is monitoring the evolution of the season in the vineyard - as always is the most important as regards the quality of the harvest. . Much will depend on how the next few weeks develop: at the moment we expect a not abundant harvest, but with a very interesting quality ". The president of Confagricoltura Piemonte Enrico Allasia underlines the importance of comparison within the supply chain. " Piedmont - explains Enrico Allasia - has firmly chosen to focus on quality, protecting almost all regional production with designations of origin. We must strengthen the cohesion between producers and industrial processors: for this reason we have asked the Region to monitor the 'trend of the situation, promoting meeting opportunities to define together the development strategies of the sector ". The harvest yields proposed by the protection consortia For the Asti and Moscato d'Asti DOCGs, the consortium's proposal is to set the yield as established by the production disciplinary, equal to 100 quintals of grapes per hectare (last year it was 90 quintals): for the remaining types and sub-areas the proposed yields are those set by the production specification. For the Asti and Moscato d'Asti types, the proposal also provides for a harvest reserve of 15 quintals of grapes per hectare. Any "exceeds", or the quantities produced within the limit of 20% over the reference quantity set by the production disciplinary, may be used to obtain partially fermented must from aromatic Moscato grapes (the wording is not intended as the final destination of grapes but exclusively as an intermediate product in the elaboration of aromatic sparkling wines with or without the use of the indication of the variety) and for any other destination permitted by law. For the Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG sparkling wine, the proposed yield is 50 quintals of grapes per hectare (last year it was 36 quintals), with a harvest reserve of 10 quintals; for the satin cap type 50 quintals and 30 quintals of harvest reserve. Any excesses may be used for the production of grape juice, must or mute must or partially fermented red or white must; must or mute must or partially fermented aromatic red or white must, wine and spirits. In order to protect the production and maintain a market balance, the consortium proposed not to allow the reclassification of the must suitable for producing Brachetto d'Acqui type, smooth cork in must suitable for producing Brachetto d'Acqui type sparkling wine. For the Piemonte Brachetto doc, a yield of 65 quintals of grapes per hectare has been proposed (43 in 2020), with a harvest reserve of 25 quintals: any excesses may be destined for the production of grape juice, must or mute must or partially fermented red or white must; must or mute must or partially fermented aromatic red or white must, wine and spirits.