An environmental group and a wine association have joined forces to oppose genetically modified wine. Legambiente has joined forces with the national Citta' del Vino (city of wine) association, in claiming that Italy's wine sector has been the one which has benefited the most by shifting towards quality and transparency in production.

Italy's Senate agriculture committee will discuss the use of genetically-modified substances in wine production tomorrow. The committee will examine a revision of regulations defining wines as being of controlled origin (DOC) and controlled and guaranteed origin (DOCG).

The two groups warn that if GM technology is allowed into the production of quality wines, then the relationship between the wine and its originating land will be lost. This will affect not only the quality of the wine itself, say the groups, but also damage rural culture and history with repercussions on the whole sector.