A national category for French wines that for the first time will allow for the mixing of mid-range Vins de Pays from different areas has been finalised.
 
Viniflhor, France's national office for fruit, vegetables, wine and horticulture, said yesterday (17 January) that it has set up the category, called Vignobles de France.

"We finalised the name yesterday and now we are just waiting for the Minister's signature," said Viniflhor's André Barlier. "The aim is to meet an international demand for varietal wines."

French wines are normally sold by 'terroir' and not by variety, but the new category will allow a wine producer or negoçiant to buy Sauvignon Blanc, for example, from different areas and label it as Vignobles de France Sauvignon Blanc.

At present, only low-end Vins de Table can be sold as blends under the 'Made in France' banner.