‘Fruity’ Dutch wine to join EU protected status list
Dutch wine made from grapes from three vineyards in the Achterhoek/Betuwe Rivierenland area is to be given EU protected status, joining a list of 1,600 other European wines.
The protected designation of origin (PDO) label is given to food and wine produced and processed in a certain area.
Rivierenland wine from the three vineyards must be made with at least 85% locally grown grapes. Climate, the local river soil, grape varieties and wine making methods also contribute to the distinctive ‘fruitiness’ of the wine, the European Commission said.
The region only started to produce wine in 2004, using grapes adapted to the harsher northern climate. Meanwhile, however, hotter conditions have boosted Dutch wine production in general and more quality wines have come onto the market.
Other Dutch products with a PDO label include Opperdoezer Ronde potatoes and Brabantse Wal asparagus.
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