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Protection status for Bordeaux wines in China

Par Vitisphere Le 13 juillet 2015
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Protection status for Bordeaux wines in China
D

uring an official visit to France, the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang, didn’t come empty-handed: he announced that China had officially recognised Bordeaux as a geographical indication, finalising an issue that had been under discussion since 2011.

France’s agriculture minister, Stéphane Le Foll, and secretary of state for foreign trade, Matthias Fekl, both hailed what they described as, “historic progress” for the protection of Bordeaux appellations in China. “The recognition translates efforts by the French government to share with all our trade partners, the concept of geographical indication via ‘terroir diplomacy’. This promotes quality products rooted in our regions and protects expertise in every negotiation forum, both multilateral and bilateral”, stated a joint press release by both ministries.

The recognition is seen as a step towards acknowledgment for more GIs in China. The European Union is currently in negotiation with China to secure protection for one hundred or so geographical indications on both sides.

 

 [Source: Vitisphere; Illustration: Poster of a Chinese film promoting Bordeaux wine]

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