• Short Summary

    Excellent grape harvests in both France and Italy this season seem certain to provide more fuel for the current French-Italian "wine war".

  • Description

    Excellent grape harvests in both France and Italy this season seem certain to provide more fuel for the current French-Italian "wine war".

    Despite some damage to crops in the south of France caused by violent hailstorms last month, the French harvest has generally been a bumper one. Growers are already speaking of producing some of the "great wines of the century".

    In the Reims area, in particular, production levels are expected to be near records.

    Italy has been no less fortunate. Vineyards on the outskirts of Rome are reaping perfect grapes after a magnificent summer.

    But the wine-growers task will probably not end with crushing and bottling this year.

    The battle between the French and Italian Governments over taxes on cheap Italian wines being sent to France is still raging.

    Because the value of the Italian lira in French francs dropped by almost 30 per cent in the past year, Italian wines grew progressively cheaper.

    Imports to France increased sharply from 99.2 million gallons in 1974, to 128.2 million gallons in the first seven months of 1975.

    As a result, French growers have been on a rampage since last spring .. demanding action from their government and the resignation of Agriculture Minister, Christian Bonnet.

    The French Government's reaction was to slap a 12 per cent tariff on imports of cheap Italian wines, a move the Common Market Agricultural Commission duly branded as illegal.

    The import tariff almost caused a trade war between the two countries. Italian Ministers threatened to strike back at the flow of French meat and dairy produce into Italy.

    The Italians see the French action as monstrously unfair, since the balance of trade in the agricultural sector is markedly in France's favour.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4GX2T3GFBJDKKT4A2LZAYHVBO
    Media URN:
    VLVA4GX2T3GFBJDKKT4A2LZAYHVBO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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