Bad news for winemakers in Catalonia, Spain. It seems that they won't be able to get the DO for their wines if they use alternative closures such as screwcaps and synthetic corks.
Two news pieces (here and here) report on the decision by the Catalan Minister of Agriculture and INCAVI (the Catalan institute of vines and wines) to outlaw the use of non-cork closures in the region, which includes some of Spain's key vineyards.
But get a load of this: "This Spanish law is yet another endorsement for the cork closure," says Elisa Pedro, director of communication for APCOR, the consortium of Portuguese cork producers. "Spanish law makers and wine producers are responding to what wine drinkers the world over have been telling us for a long time - cork is a sign of quality for wine." Am I living in a parallel universe? How can this not be a huge step backwards for the wine industry? It's certainly a business opportunity for Gregor and the guys at ProCork.