OIV rejects names of existing varieties for disease-resistant hybrids

Thursday December 12 2019 by Vitisphere

 Advocates believe that labelling statements featuring kinship with a varietal name familiar to consumers (Cabernet, Merlot...) would speed up the spread of new disease-resistant varieties without misleading consumers. Advocates believe that labelling statements featuring kinship with a varietal name familiar to consumers (Cabernet, Merlot...) would speed up the spread of new disease-resistant varieties without misleading consumers. - Photo credit : VCR

For new varieties, the use of names that could lead to confusion with those of existing varieties should be avoided, especially when those varietal names are already used for approved official labels of existing commercial products”, states Resolution 609-2019 of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). The organisation therefore advises against the use of known, or international, grape variety names (Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon, etc.) to name new varieties resistant to downy and powdery mildew, as well as on the labelling of the wines that will be produced from them.

Hybrid names

Based on a French approach, from the perspective of its administration and wine industry, the OIV Resolution must now be translated into EU regulations. As European law currently stands, a claim to kinship with a famous grape variety (Vitis vinifera species) through the designation of a new hybrid variety derived from American or Asian varieties (Muscadinia rotondifolia, Vitis amurensis...) is not prohibited, particularly as regards Article 63 of EC Regulation 2100/94, stress legal experts with the Community Plant Variety Office (click here for more information).

 

 

 

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