Agreement between the European Community and Australia on the wine trade (2008). Home Previews » » Australian Agreement of the European Community on Wine Trade See GI Provisions for Agricultural products and non-wine and spirits food products, Article 18 (ASA, Article 33), page 5 of the agreement. Under an agreement with the European Union that came into force on Wednesday, Australian winemakers will no longer be able to use established names such as champagne, port or sherry for their products. See wine infrastructure provisions, spirit drinks and flavoured names of wines, Protocol 2, Appendix II, Title I, page 219, and IG list: Appendix 1, page 224. Interim agreement on accompanying measures between the European Community on the one hand and Bosnia and Herzegovina on the other. Protocol 6 on reciprocal preferential concessions for certain wines, mutual recognition, protection and control of wines, spirits and flavoured wine denominations (2008). The Amendment Act also introduces tougher penalties for offences related to under-registration and which are consistent with serious offences. The objective is to eliminate a person`s inducement to falsify, destroy or produce inappropriate records in order to avoid prosecution for offences that result in heavier penalties, such as the sale, export or importation of wine with misrepresentation or misrepresentation. The Amendment Act also provides protection for more than 2,500 registered European and 12 sensitive European GIs previously used to describe Australian wines, including Burgundy, Champagne, Port, Sherry and Pinot Blanc.
This protection came into effect when the amending law came into force, with the exception of sensitive geographic data that are protected one year after the start. In addition, the use of the term « Tokay » to describe fortified wines from Australia must cease within ten years. Wholesalers in Australia have five years to sell shares marked by a European GI, and retailers have the right to sell all their shares. Under the agreement, Australia will no longer be able, as of 1 September 2011, one year after the agreement comes into force, to use traditional names such as Dener de France Champagne and Claret (Bordeaux), Sherry and Amontillado in Spain, the Portuguese port and the German term for selection. Champagne is produced in a particular region of France, Port in Portugal, Sherry in the Spanish region of Jerez. The issue is particularly sensitive in France. French wine and food producers believe that the terroir – the individual characteristics of a given area – adds value to their products. Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation will remain the legal body responsible for investigating and prosecuting violations of the AWBC Act, while supporting Australian wine producers in promoting the export and integrity of their vineyards. In 2009, EU wine exports to Australia amounted to EUR 68 million and Australian exports to the EU amounted to EUR 643 million, according to the European Commission.
Some EU geographical indications for wines will receive immediate protection, while others will end over a longer period of time. See the rules for PGI, Title IV, Chapter 9, Section 2, Subsection 3, page 221, and the IG List for Agricultural Products and Food, Appendix XXII-C; Gi List for Wines, Flavoured Wines and Spirits, Appendix XXII-D The main objective of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Amendment Act 2010 (Cth) (Amendment Act) was the entry into force of the Australian European Community Wine Trade Agreement, signed by Australia and the European Community in Brussels on 1 December 2008.