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25 Novembre 2022

Australia

CHAMPAGNE NAMING FIGHT BUBBLES OVER TO PROSECCO

Protections for the names of certain foods and drinks – so-called geographic indicators – are a key part of the final negotiations for the Australia and European Union free trade agreement, and the EU is pushing for the name prosecco to be added to the list.Australian winemakers argue losing the right to call their bubbly prosecco would be the thin end of the wedge, and other varieties including sangiovese, could go the same way if the government does not stand its ground.Natalie Pizzini, from family-run Pizzini Wines, said winemakers do not want to contemplate what they would have to call prosecco if the European Union won, and what that could mean for other grape varieties. Pizzini said the first prosecco vines were planted in that region in 1999, and thanks to the cheaper price when compared to other sparkling varieties it quickly became a celebratory staple.The winemakers are converging on Canberra to push prosecco’s case with politicians ahead of the next round of trade negotiations.A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson confirmed that through the free trade negotiations the EU has sought geographical indication protection for prosecco under the existing wine agreement.“Australia’s position remains that we should continue to respect the terms of the existing Australia-EU Wine Agreement, which includes continued use by industry of grape variety names including prosecco,” the spokesperson said.Australia’s prosecco market has boomed in recent years, growing from $60 million in 2017 to about $200 million. The vast majority (95 per cent) is sold locally. More than half of the country’s prosecco comes from the King Valley region in north-east Victoria.While on a recent visit to Australia, one of the European Union’s top trade negotiators said there was room to negotiate on key concerns such as naming rights for wine and cheese.Trade Minister Don Farrell said the bloc would have to agree to provide significantly greater access for Australia than under current arrangements. (ICE SYDNEY)


Fonte notizia: SMH 22.11.2022