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Europe to turn wine into fuel

Published:  23 July, 2008

Leftover wine to become biofuel as EU moves to cut excess production.

If Boel's proposal passes, producers would be encouraged to grow fewer grapes and stick to making high-quality wine.

"Over a five-year period uncompetitive producers would step out," Mann said.

The move is expected to meet resistance, however; wine-making is a major economic and emotional issue in Europe.

200m litres of wine and alcohol from wine by-products will be disposed this year alone.