The Civil Guard and the Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils sign an action protocol for the prevention and fight against fraud

This collaboration has been signed by the General Director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez and the President of the Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils (CECRV), David Palacios

With this Operational Collaboration Procedure, the general bases of cooperation between the CECRV and the Civil Guard are established to strengthen institutional relations in the field of protection of wine products.

The General Director of the Civil Guard, María Gámez and the President of the Spanish Conference of Wine Regulatory Councils (CECRV), David Palacios, have signed today a general protocol of action to promote the prevention and fight against fraud in this sector, in defense of appellations of origin and of winegrowers, wineries and consumers.

The Civil Guard is assigned the generic missions of “protection of the free exercise of rights and freedoms, guaranteeing citizen security”, and “investigation of the crime and discovery and assurance of the offender”, and within these powers are the fight against conduct related to falsification, adulteration, sale, labeling, trade or illegal distribution of food products, which are foreseen and sanctioned in Spain both in the administrative and criminal fields.

On the other hand, the objectives of the CECRV as an association that are related to the present operative procedure of collaboration are to represent, manage, defend and promote the common interests of the wine appellations of origin; defending and ensuring the prestige of Spanish wines with a designation of origin, as well as helping to protect the intellectual property rights linked to these quality figures and promoting the fight against fraud in wines with differentiated quality.
Both parties share the objective of protecting the rights of producers (winegrowers), processors (wineries) and consumers, guaranteeing the general principle of truthfulness and justification of the information, which appears on the labeling of agricultural and food products.

Joint actions to develop

For this, and by signing this protocol, the two parties agree to develop coordinated actions related to collaboration for the identification and study of the main problems related to food fraud; exchanging information of a technical nature or operational interest, which makes it possible to improve prevention and guide services and improve efficiency in the fight against illicit activities linked to food fraud.
A direct communication channel is also established in order to facilitate the flow of information to alert about irregularities or fraudulent practices that could lead to actions by the Civil Guard; promote dialogue with other administrations (mainly autonomous) and representatives of the affected sector, as well as cooperate in carrying out training programs, in order, on the one hand, to increase the effectiveness of the actions of the Civil Guard through a better knowledge of the sector and, on the other hand, make known to the CECRV the procedures of action of said Body in the field of food quality control, differentiated food quality and organic production.

Actions of the Civil Guard against illegal commercialization

During 2019, the Civil Guard led Op. OPSON IX together with EUROPOL; high intensity operation developed against agri-food fraud and with specific actions aimed at combating the illegal marketing of wine.
It should also be noted that in recent years the operations "Isolu", "Chardonnay", "Baco2019", and "Fictor" have been developed by the Civil Guard.
  • Op. Isolu: 17 people arrested / investigated as alleged perpetrators of crimes against market consumers, criminal organization, accounting and documentary falsification, money laundering and fraud for introducing a total of raw materials or semi-finished products into the Spanish wine market by deceit of 40,746,855 kg of isoglucose passing it through concentrated or rectified grape must and 39,755,335 absolute liters of alcohol passing it through wine brandy.
  • Op. Chardonnay: 1 person investigated and immobilized 21,825 bottles from a hospitality establishment in which bottles of wine of the Chardonnay and Tempranillo varieties were offered to diners with an indication of origin from two municipalities included in the D.O.P. Somontano without being the marketing company integrated in said PDO, nor being registered in the Industrial Sanitary Registry, not providing documentation on the origin, traceability of the wine, labeling and bottling of the same.
  • Op. Baco2019: 10 people arrested / investigated for irregularities detected in the sale of bottles of wine with the Bierzo denomination of Origin
  • Op. Fictor: 1 arrested for irregularities in the labeling of bottles marketed by a winery under the Rueda Denomination of Origin.


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