Answer given by Mr Cioloș on behalf of the Commission
Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007(1) provides in its Article 113d specific provisions for the use of the designation ‘wine’ for sale in the Union. The term ‘wine’ may be used only for the marketing of the product defined in Annex XIb of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007. This annex provides in particular that the wine shall be the product obtained exclusively from the total or partial alcoholic fermentation of fresh grapes, whether or not crushed, or of grape must. This Annex provides also several designations including the term ‘wine’: e.g.: ‘sparkling wine’ and ‘liqueur wine’.
Article 113d and Point B.3 of Annex XVb to Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 provides that Member States may allow also the use of the term ‘wine’ if it is part of a composite name. The same article provides that this composite name should not create confusion with products corresponding to the wine categories listed in Annex XIb.