Conservative anti-reform opinion has held sway at the European Parliament over proposed European Union (EU) wine market reforms, with MEPs approving the cautious report by Greek socialist member Katerina Batzeli.

The parliament's ruling plenary today (15 February) accepted Batzeli's call for maintaining distillation subsidies and limiting grubbing up, although the decision on such matters rests with EU ministers.

The parliament was also conservative over protecting traditional EU winemaking practices, calling for oenological practices not approved in the EU to be "clearly labelled" on imported wines. It also backed subsidising the EU production of grape must and concentrated rectified must for enrichment, attacking European Commission plans to limit such handouts, while proposing banning the fermentation of imported musts and mixing them with EU-made musts.