The European Commission has agreed to allow Canadian ice-wine, the specialised dessert wine made from frozen grapes, to be sold within the EU, after a long battle to have the designation recognised by Brussels.

Before now, the Commission has blocked entry of the product, because of concerns about the reliability of the wine's quality. The decision to approve the wine
was due in part to the Canadian public authorities setting international standards for icewine production alongside Germany and Austria last summer.

EU agriculture commissioner Franz Fischler said of the agreement: "I am pleased that Canada has adopted a responsible regulatory approach to winemaking in general. This will contribute to ensuring that consumers everywhere will continue to recognise wine as a quality product."

Also, as part of the agreement, the term 'icewine' will be exclusively reserved for Canadian icewine, while the German and Austrian variation will be able command the term 'eiswein'.