The regulations’ scope: Vine varieties

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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The permitted grapes are specified in great detail, along with permitted maximum and minimum proportions. Vineyards will generally be inspected to ensure that the correct varieties are planted. Many appellation regulations include long lists of half-forgotten but once-significant local varieties. White grape varieties are permitted to a certain extent in a number of red wine appellations. See full details in Appendix 1.