Spanish Sangría: The European Parliament passed last Tuesday in Strasbourg a motion to regulate the labeling for Sangria, the popular Spanish and Portuguese sweet red wine. Typical Sangria recipe differs depending on the area of Spain or Portugal you consult, and therefore the ruling focuses on the origin rather than on definitions of Sangria. New regulation establishes true sangria as sangria coming from Spain and Portugal only, and sets forth the rules to differentiate it from mixes made in other countries. New labeling obliges producers of aromatized wines from other countries to clearly state the country of origin.
Seeking the same differentiating effect, the European Parliament also passed the motion intended to protect the identity of Vermouth and Gluehwein aromatized wines. From MX2 GLOBAL, we celebrate all regulatory initiatives offering both protection to traditional producers and transparency to final consumers, and strongly encourage the European Parliament to continue working on this direction.