EU Member States have agreed a compromise with France over the production methods allowed for rosé wines.

Rosé wines sold in the EU will have to be labelled to distinguish those made from the traditional 'maceration' method and those produced by blending red and white wines, the European Commission said this week.

 The move comes after Provence rosé producers and the French government complained about EU plans to legalise the production of rosé by blending red and white wines.

Provence rosé, which constitutes 5% of world rosé production, is only made using maceration.

The EU hopes to approve the blending technique by 1 August 2009. In the meantime, the draft directive has been sent to the World Trade Organisation for consultation by non-EU countries.