Rose producers in Italy have joined forces to fight European Union proposals to allow the mixing of red and white wines to make rose.
Two Lake Garda rose associations — Bardolino and Garda Classico — are working together for the first time since they were created in 1968.
“We must be against a European law that allows the mixing of red and white wines to produce rose,’ Sante Bonomo, President of the Garda Classico consortium, told Decanter.
“It would be a complete humiliation for rose producers and those who drink it,” Bonomo added. “This new way of producing wine would be damaging for the entire wine world. Not only would the European community be legalizing a false product, they would be standardizing low-quality products.”
Bonomo and Giorgio Tommasi, President of the Bardolino consortium, have signed and sent a letter to the Italian Minister for Agriculture, Luca Zaia, and the President of the EU Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, urging them not approve the new regulations.