EU and Georgia to recognise traditional wine names

EU and Georgia to recognise traditional wine names

The European Union and Georgia have struck a deal to recognise each other’s protected geographical indications for wines and spirits.

The agreement means that Georgia's traditional wine names will be protected across the EU's 27 member states, helping the country to establish itself in new markets. Georgian winemakers have been under pressure since 2006, when their biggest export customer, Russia, banned Georgian agricultural produce.

Protected Georgian wine names include Akhasheni, Gurjaani, Manavi and Tsinandali. In return for EU protection, Georgian producers will not use names such as Bordeaux and Champagne.

The agreement has to be approved by the EU Council of Ministers and European Parliament to come into effect. No Georgian spirits or aromatic wines are covered by the deal.