Argentina has been given a stay of execution of one more year to strike a comprehensive wine-making standards deal with the European Union (EU) or face a possible block on exports to Europe of its vintages that contain malic acid.

EU wine makers are banned from using this acidity-correcting additive, but the European Commission wants to strike a mutual recognition agreement of oenological practices that would permanently allow Argentine wine makers to use it.

To tempt Buenos Aires into negotiating a full deal, the Commission wants to extend their provisional authorisation to use the additive for one more year, to September 2005.