Association for the defense and the Promotion of the interests and rights of the wine trade. The association regroups nowadays 23 companies that create more or less the 55 % of the Merlot Ticinese vineyards: They cultivate to 135 vineyards; they withdraw the grape of 3500 cultivators, there commercialize hl 230 '000 of Ticino and foreigners wines and make earnings of fr. 150 ' 000 ' 000.-a year, using 350 workers. It is active in all the cantonal and federal commissions that touch the sector of the vineyard. It is a member of the Switzerland Association of the wine Merchants.