FRANCE: Trade mulls new category of wine in face of crisis

By Stuart Todd | 30 January 2003

Industry associations representing France's wine growers and traders, are poised to submit recommendations to the government in response to the crisis facing the sector. These are likely to include provision for the creation of a new category of wine which would benefit from considerably more flexible production regulations than AOC or French country wines. For example, the marrying of wines from different vineyards, where the original vine content is only 85% compared to 100% for AOC's and country wines.

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Industry associations representing France's wine growers and traders, are poised to submit recommendations to the government in response to the crisis facing the sector. These are likely to include provision for the creation of a new category of wine which would benefit from considerably more flexible production regulations than AOC or French country wines. For example, the marrying of wines from different vineyards, where the original vine content is only 85% compared to 100% for AOC's and country wines.

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