Chapel Down hindered by EU regulations over red wine

Kentish wine maker Chapel Down has been prevented from selling its "Kent Malbec" red or even describing it as "wine" as a result of EU regulations.

Chapel Down agreed last year to vinify Argentinean Malbec grapes, which were air-freighted in and matured for nine months in new American oak under cooler English conditions in time for Malbec World Day on 17 April.

But now the company is having to give away the 1,200 bottles, which it must refer to as a "fruit-based alcoholic beverage", to customers of its English wines.

Chapel Down chief executive Frazer Thompson said: "This is a chance for fans of English and Argentinean wine to get their hands on something unique."


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