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SlimLine Wine has been in development for the past two years, and is now gearing up to launch the first shipment of 400,000 bottles.

Investors have backed the healthy drinking trend by ploughing funds into a range of new Italian wines which are tipped to be completely sugar and carb free.

Karel Henckens, who runs the wineyard Wijndomein Aldeneyckon on the Belgian side of the border, was partly responsible for the PDO application. Photo Credit: Judith Jockel

A Dutch wine produced on the stony banks of the Maas river is set to join champagne, parma ham, and stilton cheese, among the European delicacies given protected status by the EU, in what is said to be the latest consequence of climate change to the geography of wine making.

The range includes two sparkling wines, as well as a sauvignon blanc, garnacha-rose and cabernet tempranillo all less than 0.5%. Photo Credit: Tesco

The UK’s largest grocer, Tesco, has launched a new low-alcohol wine range to keep up with the public’s taste for lighter drinks.

Laurent Delaunay said that the Limoux region was increasingly proving its credentials as an “excellent terroir for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.”

The Languedoc is set to become one of the key regions for growing Burgundian varieties over the next decade, according to winemaker Laurent Delaunay of Abbotts and Delauney.

Vines are planted in a specially designed ‘urban planter system’. Image: Rooftop Reds

Rooftop Reds, billed as “the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard,” growing vines on a rooftop in New York, will sell its first wines at $1,000 a bottle when they’re ready in 2019.