AGRICULTURE ECONOMY

Viniculture attracts over EUR 500 M in last 10-12 years

Romanian viniculture has attracted over EUR 500 M in the last 10-12 years, being one of the best-performing sub-sectors within the agriculture sector, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Cornel Dicu stated for Agerpres.

“Romanian viticulture has attracted over EUR 500 M since 2000, money that went into the reconversion and restructuring of vineyards and into technological upgrading. What happened in the last 10-12 years in the viniculture sector represents a landmark for the other domains in agriculture. We benefitted from pre-accession funds – Sapard and Romanian Sapard – we prepared the industry with modern technologies, we harmonized [it] institutionally, we adapted the legislation, and in 2007 we joined the European Union with a prepared viniculture sector. The funds earmarked through PNDR for the reconversion and restructuring of vineyards followed, being received by the sector with the same interest,” Dicu said.

He pointed out that almost all viticulture companies in Romania which are present on the EU market have new plantations with local grapes of good quality.

According to him, the next important stage for the sector concerns promotion both on the domestic and external markets.
Romania has managed to plant 35,000 hectares of vineyard through the reconversion programme, the biggest reconversion rhythm in the EU, being probably the only country that managed to fully absorb the EUR 42 M earmarked annually for this purpose following its EU integration.
With over 200,000 hectares of vineyards, Romania is among the top 5 countries at European level based on the area covered by vineyards, and on 6th place in the EU based on production.

In what concerns the consumption of wine in Romania, it has grown from 24 to 27 liters of wine per capita in the last five years but it has remained a consumption driven by social events.
Estimates show that this year’s production will be good both quantity- and quality-wise because the drought favored quality and the rainfalls registered in June favored good growth.
According to preliminary estimates, Italy will register a production of 48.8 million hectoliters of wine this year, surpassing France (47.6 million hectoliters) and Spain (36.6 million). Germany is 4th with 8.7 million hectoliters, followed by Portugal (6.7 million) and Romania (4.06 million, up by 6.1 per cent year-on-year).

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