Answer given by Mr Cioloș on behalf of the Commission
EU wine legislation specifies the conditions according to which a wine can be produced on the territory of the Union.
The processing of grapes harvested in a Member State into wine in another Member State of the Union, is not prohibited by EC law, provided such a wine complies with EU requirements. As regards the indication of the name of the wine grape variety, such a wine shall conform with Articles 118z(2)(c) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007(1) and 63 of Regulation (EC) No 607/2009(2).
However, unless otherwise decided by the Council in accordance with the international obligations of the EU, the processing of grapes, must or wines originating in third countries into wine or sparkling wine in the Union is not authorised according to Point B(5) of Annex XV(b) to Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007.
Up to date, the Council has never envisaged any particular measure in this field and it is thus not possible to market on the territory of the EU a wine (with or without the indication of the name of the wine grape variety) which would have been produced in the Union with grapes harvested in a third country.