Previous drafts of the regulation published by the last government were set to restrict fortified wine servings to 5cl or 7cl. Sherry is usually served in a 10cl measure.
Following concerns raised by the WSTA, the National Measurements Office has confirmed that the new regulation, which will come into force in October 2011, will allow multiples of these measures to be served.
The new regulations will also permit smaller servings of wine to allow samples to be sold and allow the schooner two-third pint measure for beer and cider.
Jeremy Beadles, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said: “We're pleased the National Measurements Office has responded positively to the concerns we raised. This flexibility will allow different fortified wines to be served in appropriate measures and, along with the move on sample size wine servings, offers some much needed deregulation that the whole trade can welcome.”