Vineyard expansion project supports employment in organics sector on small Greek island.
A new organic vineyard of 0.43 acres was planted by a young farmer in 2021 on the small Greek island of Serifos with help from CAP funds. Other rural development co-finance was used to help purchase machinery and equipment for the modernisation of vine production, including a motor cultivator, a woodchipper, a grass trimmer, and a chainsaw.
Different CAP funds were also involved with the beneficiary’s wider business plans. These included income support from Pillar 1, organic farming aid for participation in quality schemes and payments for areas with natural constraints.
The new vineyard can support an increase in annual wine production of up to 1 500 bottles.
Five well-paying jobs have been created, including a full-time job for an oenologist and four seasonal roles (one visitor welcome host and three manual workers).
The winey has a reduced environmental footprint.