Winemakers in Bulgaria Allowed to Add Sugar to Boost Alcohol Level

Business | September 30, 2014, Tuesday // 12:10
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Wine producers in Bulgaria will be allowed to add sugar to boost the level of alcohol, according to Krasimir Koev, Director of the Executive Agency on Vine and Wine (EAVW).

The EAVW has authorized the measure in response to a request to local wine producers.

Bulgarian winemakers argued that the poor meteorological conditions in 2014 had resulted in a lower sugar content of grapes.

There has been a ban on adding sugar into wine for the past five years in Bulgaria, according to reports of

Wine producers planning to take advantage of the permit will be monitored by the EAVW in order to prevent the use of excessive amounts of sugar.

Under EU legislation, the alcoholic strength may be increased to1.5% alcohol by volume.

Koev, as cited by 24 Hours daily, says that it is mostly the Bulgarian Mavrud grape variety that needs enhancement.

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