English Malbec ‘impossible to buy’

12th April, 2012 by Martin Crummy

Chapel Down’s collaboration with Wines of Argentina can’t be called a wine and is not allowed to be sold.

The cross-continent venture hit EU red tape and although the ‘wine’ has an official launch date of Tuesday 17 April (World Malbec Day), it still faces a lot of problems.

The drinks business broke the news that European Laws had scuppered the joint venture. 

The snag came because the grapes were air-freighted to the English winemaker by Wines of Argentina from the Gaucho estate near Mendoza.

According to the European Union, the producers can’t say that what they have produced is wine.

In March, controversy stirred when the news broke that the EU had held up this Anglo-Argentine association. 

Now the product, called “An English Salute”, has to be referred….

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One Response to “English Malbec ‘impossible to buy’”

  1. Jon Ivers says:

    Lucky for Chapel Down that they are not based in Scotland where their proposal to give the “beverage” away would be an illegal promotion!

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