An internal matter of the Rioja Qualified Designation of Origin (DOCa Rioja) sneaked in last Tuesday at the press conference after the Council of Ministers. A journalist asked the Minister of Agriculture, Luis Planas, about the sending to Brussels of the project promoted by the Association of Wineries of Rioja Alavesa (ABRA) to create its own Denomination of Origin, 'Viñedos de Álava', information advanced the day earlier by the newspaper 'Berria'.
The minister recalled that, in this case, the Government is not competent since the future denomination will be in the territory of a single autonomy (Basque Country) and he limited himself to transmitting the file approved in Vitoria to the European Commission. However, the head of Agriculture did take a personal position: "Anything that can lead to increasing the weight and sales of the agri-food sector is welcome, anything that contributes to weakening the brand image is not positive," Planas commented.
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