A change in European law which came into force this week allows Canadian Icewine to be sold in the UK. The Canadians have been fighting hard to overcome EU objections and gain access for the wines in Europe. They believe the recognition of their Icewine will spearhead greater interest in Canadian wines overall. The European Commission regulation laying down the new rules came into force on Thursday. As well as allowing access, it protects the term Icewine, used to describe the Canadian product. Similar wines made from grapes frozen on the vine in Austria and Germany are called Eiswein, which is also a protected term. Canadian officials believe this development will lead to a more comprehensive wine trade agreement with the EU. Currently the Canadians import £233m worth of EU wine and sell only £157,000 worth of their wine in Europe. High Commissioner Jeremy Kinsman said: "Icewine embodies everything that is positive about our food industry ­ the highest quality, great taste and recognition as world class." Canadian Icewine first came to prominence in 1991 when a variety from Ontario won France's highest award, the Grand Prix d'Honneur, at Bordeaux's Vinexpo. {{DRINKS }}

Topics