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Liberty Wines welcomes latest news from Italy on closures debate

24th October, 2013

Liberty Wines welcomes latest news from Italy on closures debate

A new ministerial decree issued in late September 2013 means that all DOC and DOCG wines can use whatever closure they wish, as long as the local consorzio has amended its regulations.  The new decree has removed the inconsistencies contained in the decree of October 2012, which meant that DOCG wines with the name of a sub zone, or the name of a vineyard on the label, were forced to use natural cork as a closure. David Gleave MW comments: “This latest amendment is welcome news for those of us who have been fighting this battle for many years.  All we’re asking is that the choice of closure is left to the producer.  Over 70% of the wines we sell are closed under screwcap, but only 56% of our Italian wines. We know many consorzi realise that consumers are demanding different closures to avoid the risk of corked wines, and this amendment will aid their efforts.”   Gleave continues, “We believe that where the consorzi respond to this change, they will see increased sales.  Screwcaps are found to be reliable and easy to use by consumers and trade alike. For example, the Cantina di Monteforte Soave Classico ‘Terre di Monteforte’ DOC was closed with a screwcap for the first time in 2012 and we have seen a 24% increase in like for like sales compared to the previous vintage.”