Spain: separatism, boycott of Catalan bubbly wine feared

Sales of Cava fall by 5.5 million bottles in 2012

11 November, 15:51

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, NOVEMBER 11 - Wine producers fear a boycott in Spain of the Catalan Cava bubbly due to the separatist challenge launched by nationalist parties CiU and Erc leading the Generalitat.

    The Freixenet group alone, which has an annual turnover of 500 million euros, saw sales plunge by one million bottles in Spain last year while overall sales went down by 5.5 million bottles, according to estimates by the Consortium regulating Cava.

    In the first two years of the government CiU-Esquerra Repubblicana, the Catalan group lost 13.8 million bottles in national sales in favour of Cava bubbly wines produced in regions like Rioja, Estremadura or Valencia.

    Jose' Luis Bonet, president of Freixenet and the agency representing Spain's top wines, admitted recently a 'boycott' in the country of Cava wine produced by his company, but stressed that the Spanish market only concerns 20% of production and said he was more concerned by the crisis in consumption than the boycott. (ANSAmed)
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