April 13, 2012 — English wine producer Chapel Down will not be able to sell a newly developed wine made from Argentine Malbec grapes because it does not classify as a wine under EU standards, according to the drinks business.

According to the article, the drink, created with Malbec grapes imported from Wines of Argentina, cannot be labeled a wine because it was made in England. Instead, the drink, named “An English Salute,” must be referred to as a “fruit-based alcoholic beverage.”

Because EU law makes the sale of “An English Salute” illegal, Chapel Down will give away bottles to those who purchase a bottle of its award-winning sparkling wine. “An English Salute” was meant to launch this Tuesday to coincide with World Malbec Day, according to the drinks business.