As harvest begins, pricing agreement continues to elude Moscato growers

Reported by Filippo Larganà via Sapori del Piemonte.

Following weeks of tense negotiations, an agreement on pricing continues to elude producers of spumante and Moscato growers in Asti.

When reached for comment by the blog Sapori del Piemonte, the agricultural assessor for Piedmont, Claudio Sacchetto, was optimistic: “The parties are very close to an agreement,” he said, “Another meeting will be convened in coming days and I’m confident that we will arrive at a positive solution. But this will require a reasonable approach on both fronts.”

“We will not sign an agreement that calls for a mere pittance of an increase for grape growers,” said Giovanni Satragno, president of Assomoscato, an association that represents 2,000 of the 6,000 farmers who belong to the Moscato d’Asti industry.

“In the case that no agreement is reached,” said Lorenzo Barbera, spokesperson for Moscato d’Asti bottler Campari, “the wineries are prepared to negotiate [directly] with their own growers.”

As the Moscato grapes begin to change color, from green to gold, an agreement seems elusive. Some growers plan to begin harvesting as early as today, September 3.

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