Europe proposes to allow ‘de-alcoholised wine’ to be written on labels

Monday October 15 2018 by Vitisphere

Europe is proposing to use the term de-alcoholised wine for alcohol-free products made from grapes.Europe is proposing to use the term de-alcoholised wine for alcohol-free products made from grapes. - Photo credit : CC0 Creative Commons

Up until now, only products containing more than 8.5% of alcohol could feature the word wine on labels in Europe. EU officials are now proposing to amend regulations to “ensure that the rules governing labelling of products in the wine sector also apply to de-alcoholised products of the vine”. For industry organisations Cnaoc and Efow (lobbies defending French and European PDOs), "this would pave the way for the industrialisation of wine”. The European Confederation of Independent Winegrowers (Cevi) also opposes the move.

Partially de-alcoholised wine

The Commission has made the proposal as part of its draft reform of the CAP, which it presented at the beginning of June. If it is successful, de-alcoholised or partially de-alcoholised still and sparkling wines will start to emerge. De-alcoholised wines should have an alcoholic strength of no more than 0.5% by volume, whereas partially de-alcoholised wine should have had their alcohol content reduced by at least 20%.

To justify its proposal, the Commission adds: “definitions for de-alcoholised products of the vine must be provided (...). These definitions should take into account [those] of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine”.

 

 

 

 

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