Designation for what used to be the lowest wine quality level within the EU (colloquially also table wine). In August 2009, a new EU wine market regulation came into force, which brought about serious changes in wine law with regard to wine quality levels and wine designations. Among other things, the term "table wine" was eliminated or banned and replaced by "wine". See in detail under Quality System.
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