Business | September 7, 2001, Friday // 00:00

A successive scandal between wine-growers and wine-plants is on the verge of leaving the wine-cellars in the Pirin region without grapes. The wine-plants said that they propose to the wine-growers mere 0.1 to 0.15 levs per kg of the new crop. `We won`t allow the crop this year to be bought out at prices lower than 0.4 to 0.45 levs per a kg, the mayors in the region to the south of Blagoevgrad are explicit. `We`ll pour the grapes on the Koulata-Sofia road. We`ll block it and shall stay until we reach an agreement on real prices with the vintners and the Viticulture and Wine Chamber, said vine-growers from the Sandanski and Petrich regions. Early next week they will form a regional association of the grapes-producers. Currently, wine-plants and buyers are offering to the producers purchase prices lower than the prime coast of the production. `No one is to dictate the prices to a private-owned company,` Filip Harmandjiev, CEO of `Damyanitsa` wine-cellar, said for `Standart` today. The wine crop in the Pirinsko region is expected to be some 3,000 tons.

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