The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published the following amendment regulations:
- The Wine (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2024
- The Wine (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2024.
- The Wine (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2024.
These measures introduce into Great Britain a prohibition on the marketing of ice wine unless the definitions, detailed in the Regulations, are met.
The newly introduced ice wine provisions are as follows:
No person may market a product using a term mentioned below unless the product is a wine made exclusively from grapes naturally frozen on the vine.
The terms referred to above are:
(a) 'ice wine';
(d) a term similar to a term mentioned in point (a), (b) or (c);
(e) a term having the same meaning as a term mentioned in point (a), (b) or (c) in a language other than English;
(f) a term having a similar meaning to a term mentioned in point (a), (b) or (c) in a language other than English.
This legislation will also amend the law so that the oenological practices that may be used to make wine will align with relevant international standards (the International Code of Oenological Practices and the International Oenological Codex of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine) taking into account changes in wine-making practices endorsed by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).
The proposed reforms will not apply to Northern Ireland.
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