English term (also Generic Wine, German for a type of wine) for a type of wine, in contrast to one varietal (Grape variety wine) mostly contains a place or area name. In the United States and Australia in particular, this was previously excessively misused by wines as safe chablis. Champagne. Chianti, Burgundy ( Burgundy ) Madeira. port, Rhine ( Rhine ), Sauterne ( Sauterne ) sherry and Tokayers ( Tokaj ), although they had nothing whatsoever to do with the originals, neither from the origin nor from the grape varieties used. In California, the term Proprietary Blend is also used for this. A semi-generic name is the use of a geographical name from a foreign country if it is provided with the real geographical origin. One of the examples is "Napa Valley Champagne". Before the American prohibition (1920-1933) were even unscrupulous Chateaux name used.
However, wines from third countries may only be imported into the EU if they do not misuse a geographical term. Wines marketed within the United States and in other countries, however, are still used, for example, by the wine multinationals Gallo labeled with these misleading names. Nothing has changed because of the trade agreement between the EU and the USA signed in 2005, because it even explicitly allows the use of such names for already established brands (see also under wine law ). Even sparkling wine of the simplest quality is still referred to as Champagne overseas.