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Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Changes in the Appellation System

As from this year's vintage we won't be seeing the term Vin de Pays on French wine labels any more.

A new system is being introduced to help current Vin de Pays producers to be more competitive with existing Appellations in the larger more well known areas. From the 2009 vintage we will now see the term IGP on the label - Indication Géographique Protegée.

In addition, wines blended from more than one region (currently bottled under Vin de Table) will become known as Vin de France. They will be able to add the grape variety and a vintage date on the label which is currently not permitted.

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