Prior to the Wine Cooperative World Forum, the meeting was held online this Wednesday due to travel restrictions. Opened by the Castile and León’s Minister of Agriculture, Jesús Julio Carnero, representatives from several countries—Argentine, Brazil, Chile, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, and Uruguay—also participated
La Seca, 20 October 2021.- Bodega Cuatro Rayas, the last Wine Cooperative World Forum host, has gathered several wineries from Europe and America to analyse the industry challenges in this new post-pandemic scenario. During the event, held online due to the travel restrictions, wine cooperative representatives from Argentine, Brazil, Chile, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, and Uruguay shared their views.
To the meeting, chaired by Eduardo Sancho, from the Argentinian cooperative Fecovita, and coordinated by Ignacio Martín Obregón, from Bodega Cuatro Rayas, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development of Castile and León Regional Government, Jesús Julio Carnero, also assisted and gave a “telematic welcoming” to the Autonomous Region to all the attendees and invited them to an eventual future face-to-face meeting in this region, where wine is a crucial element in all walks of life, from social to cultural, highlighting its significant economic importance. He also emphasised that the cooperative movement is a central figure in the region’s present and future development of agriculture and livestock.
In the participation schedule to this foretaste of the 2021 Wine Cooperative World Forum, a series of major themes were presented, including the evaluation of particular and general situations of the market during the pandemic; the risk of fraud due to the decrease of stock in Europe; the need of increasing controls, in pursuit of wine quality and authenticity; the importance of implementing regulations that show the actual characteristics of wine production; and reaching accords with international agencies such as the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine). The importance of developing grape-derived products aimed at responding to feeding problems. On the other hand, they addressed issues related to the global wine market, such as joint action to expand markets and benefit consumers with greater variety, better quality and more affordable prices.