Le 06 Jun 2016 -
LEDNICE – SOUTHERN MORAVIA (CZ) – 27th OF MAY 2016
SUPPORT FOR STEEP SLOPE VITICULTURE
In numerous European regions we find wine making carried out on hills, steep slopes or terraces characterised by declivities greater than 30%.
This type of viticulture is a jewel to be promoted and preserved for future generations, in that it is synonymous with quality, biological diversity, sustainable farming and the beauty of the carefully managed landscapes. As such, steep slope viticulture represents a part of European cultural heritage that should be preserved.
This type of viticulture is very often carried out on small, and sometimes tiny, family-run vineyards. For the wine makers in these zones, steep slope viticulture represents a major challenge, since exploiting vines situated on hills, steep slopes or terraces demands for more manual work, as well as being more costly, than viticulture practised on the plains.
AREV highlights the unique character of these vineyards, which have numerous and wide-ranging functions, from economic, ecological and social through to cultural and touristic.
Ensuring the future sustainability and development of steep slope viticulture, in order to improve both efficiency and the future prospects for these wine makers, requires a policy of support on a European and national level that is both targeted and sustainable.
Currently, there is nothing in the European texts, either in the regulations or in the measures of support, which adequately takes into consideration the wide range of functions attached to this particular type of viticulture.
The current support measures are inadequately financed to ensure the perennity of viticulture carried out on steep slopes or terraces. A lot of these vineyards are abandoned!
In view of
AREV’s member regions urgently demand the recognition in principle, in the European agricultural policy, of steep slope viticulture and of the invaluable ecological, economic and social work carried out by the wine makers, in the form of:
This resolution was drafted by the Steep Slope Viticulture Commission, which met on the 22nd of April 2016 at the Steep Slope Viticulture Centre in Bernkastel-Kues, DLR-Moselle, so that it could be presented for adoption at AREV’s plenary meeting.