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Simon Blackburn considers the Wine Regulations 2011, the importance of keeping tenancy documents up to date and registering ‘lost’ rights of way

23 January 2012

The Wine Regulations

The Wine Regulations 2011 came into force on the last working day of 2011 and make provisions to govern the UK wine industry and its associated nomenclature.

The designation, and therefore naming, of wines is divided into designations of origin, and protected geographical indication.

The two appear almost interchangeable, although there is a subtle distinction: the ‘designation of origin’ refers to the “name of a region, specific place”, whereas the ‘protected geographical indication’ means an “indication referring to the region, specific place” etc.

Of the two, the protected designation of origin is the more prestigious and refers to ‘English regional wine’, rather than simply ‘English wine’. In order to earn this moniker, the wine must (among many other things listed in schedule 2 to the regulations) be grown on land producing less than 8,000 litres per acre and grown at or below 220 metre...

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