Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 3 | ARTICLE

Title: THE COOPERATIVE SECTOR OF VINEYARDS AND WINE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION: THE SPAIN SITUATION

Author: Amparo Melián Navarro* (amparo.melian@umh.es), Genoveva Millán Vázquez de la Torre*** (gmillan@etea.com) e Armando Mateus Ferreira*** (armando@esa.ipcb.pt)

Publication: Revista Egitania Sciencia - Volume 3

Abstract:
Cooperative organization is usually regarded as an ideal solution for the management and marketing of food products. In this paper the authors review the foremost wine cooperatives in the European Union descriptively and analyze the cooperative sector of wine in Spain. The European Union (EU) occupies a prominent position in the global wine market. Cooperative wineries stand out primarily for their social base, not for their turnover, although they have a significant market share over the figures in their sector, some 70% in Spain and 50% in Portugal and in France. A prominent feature is that they bring together a large number of members, which is important for the internal growth of the cooperative and its strength on the market. In Spain, the third-largest wine producing country in the world, there are 57 Appellations of Origin recognized under the (EC) Regulation 510/2006, and roughly a third of its production is classified as quality wine under this regulation. Although there are cooperative wineries in almost every region, the majority are located in three autonomous regions Castilla-La Mancha, Catalonia and the Valencian Community.

Keywords: Co-operatives, Spain, wine sector, European UnionCo-operatives, Spain, wine sector, European Union




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