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The new regulations are very interesting. Any effort to include varietal on labels, front or back, will expand the market. That will be a big boost to traditionally-labeled French wines.

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August 3, 2009
Rebecca Gibb

The European Union’s new wine regulations have come into force, ushering in a new era for the European wine industry.

The hotly-debated plans – agreed by agriculture ministers in December 2007 – aim to modernise the European wine trade and improve its competitiveness in the face of a growing challenge from the New World.

The reform will also bring in new simpler labelling laws. From August 1, all wine labels are now allowed to mention grape variety and vintage on the label. The French AOC becomes AOP (Appellation d’Origin Protegée) and the equivalent of vin de pays wines will now be known as IGPs (Indication Geographique Protegée).

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