THE EUROPEAN Commission is signalling a possible move from its ban on hybrid or inter-specific vines being used in appellation brands by paying for a research project into their quality and disease resistance, "taking into account all the scientific elements in order to provide a basis for decision."

Hybrids such as Seyval Blanc have long been used in England to create wine, and in Germany, the Regent variety is used, among others. However, because EU regulations stop their use in appellation wines, vineyards have been reluctant to ...

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