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Geographical indicators to change wine industry labels

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Australian winemakers have one year to phase out wine names that have been derived from European regions as part of a treaty designed to return geographical indicators to its origins. In return, the European Union will allow Australian wines to use 16 winemaking techniques currently unauthorised in Europe, giving our wine exporters a competitive advantage and greater access to European markets. Popular classifications for wine, such as burgundy, champagne, moselle, port, and sherry, will need to have their name changed by next year. Champagne, after the French region, started being phased out in 1994. The Australian wine industry has chosen alternative classifications, for example relabelling sherry as 'apera', short for 'aperatif'. Tokay has a grace period of 10 years and will be changed to 'topaque'. "The Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation assured the committee that, whilst there will be a cost to the industry in ceasing the use of these wine names, the agreement will secure the use of terms which are valuable to Australia’s fortified wine industry, including ‘ruby’, ‘tawny’, ‘vintage’ and ‘cream’," added MP Kelvin Thomson on behalf of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties. The Federal Government will assist in the relabelling process.

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