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Wednesday 22 Apr 2015

Le 22 Apr 2015 -



Resolution adopted unanimously by the Assembly on 17.04.2015



In many European regions, vineyards are situated on hillsides and on steep slopes. In these zones, wine making is frequently synonymous with high quality, biological diversity, aesthetic landscaping and sustainable agriculture. It is supported by family-run vineyards – frequently small and even extremely small structures. Vineyards located on steep slopes and on terraced land represent considerable additional manual work and a wide range of additional costs and expenses when compared with viticulture on the plains.


This type of multifunctional viticulture demands the implementation of a specific policy for its maintenance, organisation, promotion and development:


Considering the significant differential in terms of costs, and therefore competitiveness, between the viticultural zones suffering from the natural handicap of steep slopes on the one hand, and those located on the plains on the other,           


Emphasising the urgent necessity of preserving this type of viticulture, which is irreplaceable thanks to its multiples functions: socioeconomic (maintenance of activity and employment, promotion of the territories), landscape (draw in terms of tourism, wine tourism), environmental (preservation of the soil, water resource management) and for which there are very few alternative types of production in type of territory under consideration,


Anticipating increasing pressure from competition as a result of the forthcoming relaxation of planting regulations in 2016, and the resulting predictable relocation of vineyards located on steep slopes to sites on the plains through transfers of planting authorisation,                                                      


Considering the serious consequences that could result from the deterioration or even the abandonment of these viticultural zones,


Observing the absence of any specific policies regarding this type of viticulture in the European viticultural regulations, 


Observing that the current subsidies granted to the regions within the framework of the second pillar of the CAP are not automatically acquired, but must be justified on a case-by-case basis within the regional development plans, and that these subsidies always require co-financing,    


the member regions of the Steep Slopes Viticulture Committee at AREV demand: 


  • that a specific status for this type of naturally handicapped viticulture should be defined and created                                                             


  • that Basic EU Regulation No. 1308/2013 should be made to include the possibility of subsidising this type of viticulture through specific aid measures, alongside other measures for restructuring and investment, promotion, green harvesting etc… 

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