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The ever growing rise in popularity of New World wines has has forced Brussels to order nearly a billion bottles of French and Italian wine to be turned into fuel and disinfectant. The European Commission will then spend €2.4 billion (£1.65 billion) digging up vineyards across the continent.

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"The drastic measures to drain Europe’s swelling wine lake come as winemakers across the Continent face a seemingly unstoppable invasion of cheaper and more consistent wines from Australia, Chile, the US and South Africa. Wine critics say it is an inevitable result of French wine producers not adapting to demand. The Commission’s announcement that it would spend €131 million to distil 430 million bottles of French wine and 371 million bottles of Italian wine into fuel was met with protests by French wine growers, who demanded that European taxpayers should buy 1.1 billion bottles of their produce.

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This is a real shame they are planning on digging up vineyards ... in Australia we even had financial incentives for vignerons to dig up their vines - with really tragic consequences, as we lost a lot of old vines.

I really hope the EU isn't being short sighted on this one and isn't going to allow old vineyards to be decimated ...

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