The Brazilian wine industry has called on Argentina to limit its wine exports into the country. A Brazilian wine official said on Tuesday (17 May) that producers, dealers and importers of wine in the country have asked their Argentine counterparts to withhold from exporting low-cost wines into Brazil.

Following a meeting with the Argentine industry secretariat, the president of Brazil's Wine Sector Chamber, Hermes Zanetti, said that, while stopping short of calling for a ban on Argentine imports, his country's wine sector felt that sales of low-cost wines to Brazil should be limited, with 12-bottle cases priced at US$15 being the starting point for exports.

Imports of low-priced Argentine wines were causing the financial ruin of 600 wine makers in Brazil, Zanetti claimed.