Australia to use EU wine label system

Australia has
signed an agreement with the European Union to stop labeling Australian wine
with names such as burgundy, port and claret.

In exchange,
Australian wine makers will have protection for 112 of its “geographical
indicators” such as Barossa and Coonawarra, the Wine and Brandy Corp., the
government agency in charge of wine production, announced in a news release.

Australian
producers have already stopped calling sparkling wines champagne, which is
named for the Champagne region of France.

The EU agreement,
which went into effect Wednesday, gives some producers up to 10 years to change
the names of their products. The agreement replaces one in force since 1994.

Australia
exported wine worth nearly $8.2 million (6.43 million euros) to the EU last year.

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