Reported via Vino al Vino by VinoWire editor Franco Ziliani.
In an interview published on Friday at WineNews.it, Italy’s recently installed agricultural minister Giancarlo Galan told a journalist that there was no real crisis in the Italian wine industry.
When asked whether or not the Italian government would “intervene,” he responded:
- I was the president of the Veneto Region for 15 years and I never heard hotel owners or merchants in Venice say that things were going well. The same is true, in my view, for wine producers. I’m not denying that are difficulties in this sector. But let’s not get carried away! If any industry has grown and proven successful in international markets, it’s the wine industry. Before we start complaining, let’s at least wait for the end of harvest!
When asked whether or not the government was considering subsidies for the Italian wine industry, he answered dryly:
- It’s the farmers who need to change. They need to abandon their low-end products and let other people make those. Let me give you an example. Twenty years ago, the wines made in the Colli Euganei [the Euganean Hills near Padua] were unpresentable. In recent years, instead, wineries have converted over to quality and today they make excellent products that have no problem on the market.