NZ WINE MAY BE ‘TOO LIGHT’ FOR EUROPE

Despite New Zealand’s commitment to producing naturally lower alcohol wines, its efforts have recently come up against European law. About 1,000 bottles of 2015 Bannockburn Riesling, produced by NZ winery Felton Road, could not be shipped to the EU because its alcohol level of 8.44 percent was lower than the 8.5 percent required by European rules.
According to Felton Road winemaker Blair Walter, it was the first time that their wines have been blocked.
“The rules were made years ago to protect the consumers to ensure they were getting good quality wines, but nowadays it’s almost becoming a trade barrier,” said Walter, pointing out that the EU should be encouraging lower alcohol wines.
New Zealand Winegrowers announced that they will raise the issue with the European Union during the pre-trade negotiations.