Written Question: Classification of alcohol-free wines

(Source: European Parliament)

Date Submitted: 12 May 2021

Question for written answer E-002594/2021

to the Commission

Rule 138

Antonio Tajani (PPE), Isabella Adinolfi (PPE), Andrea Caroppo (PPE), Salvatore De Meo (PPE), Fulvio Martusciello (PPE), Giuseppe Milazzo (PPE), Aldo Patriciello (PPE), Massimiliano Salini (PPE)

Subject: Classification of alcohol-free wines

In the wine sector, the European Union accounts for 65% of global production, 60% of consumption and 70% of exports.

Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 stipulates that wine, in order to be defined as such, must contain a minimum alcoholic strength of 8.5%.

In the discussions on CAP reform, and in particular the amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013, the Commission proposed – following certain changes in the oenological practices adopted by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine – that in the process of total or partial de-alcoholisation of wine, including PGI and PDO wines, it should be possible to reuse the water from that de-alcoholisation process.

In the case of de-alcoholised wine, since it is a beverage that is different from wine, it should be renamed so that consumers are not misled.

In view of this:

1. Will the Commission separate the classification of totally or partially de-alcoholised wines from ‘wine’ as defined under Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013?

2. Will it promote labelling rules with a view to ensuring that the process of total or partial de-alcoholisation is indicated, thereby ensuring that consumers are properly informed?

3. Does it intend to exclude PGI and PDO wines from the process of total or partial de-alcoholisation?

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