European Union Bans Wine Words on U.S. Bottles reports that wines which display labels containing any of 14 prohibited words will be banned from the European Union (EU).

The so-called "traditional terms" are specified in a 2006 agreement with the EU that was terminated in September 2008. The EU notified the U.S. that the language would no longer be allowed after March 10, 2009.

The terms include: chateau, classic, clos, cream, crusted/crusting, fine, late bottled, vintage, noble, ruby, superior, sur lie, tawny, vintage and vintage character.

Earlier in May, 26 members of Congress signed a letter (PDF) to United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk asking that the Obama administration take steps to allow American wineries and vintners using the terms to continue to sell their wines in the EU.

According to, U.S. wineries -- like Clos du Val and Chateau St. Michelle -- that use these terms in their trademarks are particularly concerned about how the ruling may apply to them.



Why would you limit the way winemakers can market themselves? I understand the need for the DOC and specifying origins for old world vines but come on.
Tawny or ruby?!? How can I then distinguish my ports?
Vintage! That would end the ability to blend years.
This is silly.


maybe we should ban european wines here then,keep the money in our own economy.SUPPORT OUR OWN WINE MAKERS-Screw the European Community.We shouldn't support censorship anyhow.


What about South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, South America, etc? Or do they just not apply in this issue?


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