The European Union's Management Committee for Wine has approved a plan to allow crisis distillation of up to 2m hectolitres of Italian table wine. Assuming the decision is accepted by the European Commission, distillation could begin from 25 September, with €1.914 per hectolitre multiplied by a wine's ABV percentage being handed over to producers facing a wine glut.

The decision follows approvals earlier this year of compulsory distillation in France (1.5m hl quality wine), Spain (4m hl table wine) and Greece (380,000 hl table and quality wine).

The Italian decision "reflected a low price and a worrying increase in stocks", said the Commission.