Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Brazil: wines and sparkling wines, and it's not party time (yet!)

The Brazilian Intellectual property Office (INPI) has received another application of Geographical Indication (GI) in the form of Indication of Source/Origin (Indicação de Procedência) – the second appllication this year, first application for the year 2012 was for ‘cachaça da região de Abaíra’ (spirit from the region of Abaíra). This time, INPI was also presented with an application for a drink but another kind i.e. fine wines and sparkling wines ‘Altos Montes’ belonging to two municipalities: Flores da Cunha and Nova Pádua of Flores da Cunha from Serra Gaúcha.

Work in progress
Back in 2006, the Association of Wine Producers of ‘Altos Montes’ (Apromontes) contacted Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) and over the past few years, they have worked in the geographical area in the following issues:
• survey of the historical aspects of the wine region;
• characterization of the identity of local grapes and fine wines;
• defining the regulation of use and the establishment of the control system, among others.

The products that will be using the GI ‘Altos Prados’ will be limited to:
• fine red, pink or white wine - all dry;
• fine white or pink sparkling; and
• sparkling white or pink Muscat

Cheers!

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