This large amount of wine was being stored at the distillery under the government’s “crisis distillation” program, which aims to use incentive funds to remove a glut of wine from the market pipeline before this year’s harvest.
Despite Portugal having the world’s highest wine consumption rate per capita, wine producers across Europe are facing challenging times.
Portugal’s wine consumption has sharply declined by 34 per cent, as reported by the European Union this summer, attributing it to factors such as inflation and other pressures.
Similarly, significant wine-producing nations like France and Germany are also witnessing double-digit drops in consumption.
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