The EU Forces an Award-Winning Kent Vineyard to Rename Its Wine to a "Fruit-Based Alcoholic Beverage"

By Sam Gibbs on at

Chapel Down vineyard in Kent has felt the wrath of the EU over Britain’s first ever Malbec wine. The problem is the vineyard didn’t grow the grapes on British soil; it imported them from Argentina to make the Malbec, and the EU was having none of it. Chapel Down can’t call it wine, and won’t even be able to sell it either.

The trouble is Malbec grapes need extended periods of intense sunshine, not something Britain is exactly famous for. Traditionally the grapes are grown in France, but Argentina has been leading the Malbec charge in recent years. Chapel Down went and helped pick the grapes in Argentina; air-freighted them back to Blighty, and then made the “wine” in Kent.

The vineyard is now stuck with 1,000 bottles it can’t sell and can’t even call wine. I don’t know about you, but I’m not bothered where the grapes were grown. Sod the EU, alcohol made from grapes that looks and tastes like wine is wine in my book, and Malbec’s normally pretty good too. [Metro]

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