The amount of AOC-grade wine from Bordeaux sent for crisis distillation has almost doubled this year, the Conseil Interprofessionnel du vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) has announced.

Some 368,000 hectolitres has been sent for distillation in 2006, compared to over 185,600 last year.

A CIVB spokesperson said today (7 August) that the simplification of the distillation process and the organisation's contribution to the level of subsidies handed to winemakers had led to the hike in the amount of wine distilled.
The price paid to wine growers distilling their wine reached EUR750 (US$965) a tonneau - or 900 litres - for red wine, about EUR100 more than last year. Growers received EUR550 a tonneau for white wine.