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How to avoid putting water in your wine

One of the agricultural products most affected by counterfeiting is wine. So we need new methods for find out what we are really drinking.

EU wines have been threatened more and more by advanced adulteration techniques. The main types of wine adulteration are adding water, alcohol or sugar. EU scientists perform forensic and analytical work to find out what the wines are made of at an atomic level. The information is sent to the EU Wine Data Bank, managed by the JRC. This reference database collects updated profiles of all wines in Europe and it is freely available to the member states and the research community.

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