Wineries and vineyards in Chile's Colchagua Valley have been put on red alert due to wildfires in the region. [img]http://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/01/Photo-by-Matt-Ridgeway-the-ash-cloud-over-La-Despensa-Boutique-Winery-Mourvedre-vines-300x198.jpgAsh clouds over La Despensa boutique winery. Vines are Mourvedre.More than 20,000 hectares have been ravaged by bush fires in Colchagua this week, according to reports from Chile. The wine valley was on 'red' emergency alert on Thursday 19 January. So far, no wineries have reported any damage, butÂ producers remained on watch as several fruit plantations, forests and houses have burnt down. Agricultural workers are being advised to stay inside as an ash cloud blankets the region. This week is the latest in a series of recent bush fires. 'We have had lots of fires this summer in Colchagua and Chile in general,' said Polkura winemaker Sven Bruchfeld from MarchigÃ¼e. 'A month ago two fires passed really close to our vineyards â€“ just 20 meters away.' Bruchfeld said that it is 'too early in the season for the grapes to be affected by the smoke'. However he and other local producers are staying on fire watch: 'Each year it's the same disaster, and some are closer than others. You have to be really careful, and be organised between neighbours to help each other protect the vineyards.' Pumanque, MarchigÃ¼e, Santa Cruz, Palmilla, Peralillo, Rengo and Malloa are the worst affected areas, all ablaze according to the latest official reports. Volunteer fire fighters have been deployed alongside the national forest corporation, CONAF. 'The region has five forest fires ongoing at the moment,' announced CONAF regional director Pablo Stephanio Wednesday, adding that two fires in Pumanque and Paredones had now engulfed each other, creating one gigantic blaze. The combination of prolonged drought and erratic winds have seen the fire spread at a speed of up to 4,200 metres per hour. 'It has been an incredibly hot summer,' said Santa Ana vigneron Matt Ridgeway. 'But these fires seem to happen every year because of a lack of preparation and education on how to avoid risks.' Chile's O'Higgins region has already lost 42,000 hectares to bush fires this summer. Related stories:
Tension is rising in southern France after winemakers staged a day of action, emptying at least one tanker of Spanish wine and blocking a depot used by the wine subsidiary of Carrefour supermarket. [img]http://keyassets.timeincuk.net/inspirewp/live/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2017/01/french-winemakers-attack-spanish-lorry-GettyImages-519072028-1-300x198.jpgSpanish wine pours out of a tanker after French winemakers smashed open its vats in April 2016. January 2017 has seen similar protests.[list] [*] Sixty protesters block supermarket-owned depot near NÃ®mes
[*] They then attacked a tanker suspected of carrying Spanish wine
[*] ProtestersÂ claiming allegiance to militant group Â CRAV â€“ or CAV â€“ dump Spanish wine in shopping centre car park
[/list] Several protests took place in France's Languedoc-Roussillon region on Tuesday (17 January) against cheap Spanish wine imports. At around 6:30 am, 60 winegrowers blocked the entrance to Prodis, the wine subsidiary of the Carrefour supermarket group, in Grizan near NÃ®mes. The site is known to be used for producing bag-in-box wines. Some protesters then went to the motorway toll of Gallargues-le-Monteux, 25 km from NÃ®mes, to find lorries containing Spanish wine. A single lorry was found and its contents dumped on the highway. It is the latest in a series of protests.
'Our tanks are full and prices are falling'
They were protesting against 'unfair competition', according to AnaÃ¯s Amalric, co-president of Jeunes Agriculteurs du Gard. 'These Spanish imports prevent us from selling our French products,' Amalric told Decanter.com. 'Our tanks are full, prices are falling and wine merchants are asking us to lower prices. This is unacceptable,' she said. In parallel, further south in Narbonne, militant winemaker group CAV has claimed responsibility for 10 winegrowers dumping nearly 25,000 litres of Spanish wine from another lorry in a shopping centre car park. The letters 'CAV' were found in the car park and on the truck, according to Agence France Presse. Also known as CRAV, the group has intermittently attacked foreign wine installations in Languedoc for several decades. Tensions are rising in the vineyard and protests are multiplying, as the region gears up to host the Vinisud trade show. 'We have not planned any actions for Vinisud,' Amalric said. 'Not for the moment. But we know that some independent winegrowers [selling bottles, not bulk wine] also want to take action and join us in this battle against unfair competition.' Last year, several wine industry leaders in Languedoc sounded the alarm over cheap Spanish imports. Some producers also hijacked lorries and attacked depots, but local unions officially condemned the violence. Critics have said that French winemakers must accept competition from other EU member states. But some Languedoc winemakers claim that fewer taxes in Spain make competition unfair. Editing by Chris Mercer Related content:
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