The European Commission approved the application by the companies Estonian Spirit OÜ and Remedia AS to register “Estonian Vodka” as a protected geographical indication. With that, Estonia got its first product with a geographical indication.
“Receiving the indication is a huge acknowledgement to the Estonian food industry. It shows that we can make products that deserve recognition all across Europe,” Minister of Rural Affairs of Estonia Tarmo Tamm said.
“The geographical indication makes a product more valuable and will definitely be beneficial in exporting the product and improving its competitiveness. It will inform the consumers on the production technologies, and on the qualities and specific characteristics of the product,” Minister Tamm added.
“Estonian Vodka” is a geographical indication (GI) to vodka that has been made from ethyl alcohol produced from raw materials grown in Estonia and from water of Estonian origin. With the registration of the GI, the words “Estonian Vodka” can only be used on the labelling of vodka that has been produced in accordance with the requirements set out in the technical file. Other vodkas produced in Estonia can henceforth use other expressions, such as “Vodka from Estonia”, Vodka made in Estonia”, etc.
There are three quality schemes in the European Union: protected designation of origin (PDO), protected geographical indication (PGI), and traditional specialities guaranteed (TSG). The application to acknowledge the “Estonian Vodka” GI was filed by the companies Estonian Spirit OÜ and Remedia AS and the procedure of the application lasted for more than four years. The Central Union of Estonian Farmers, the Estonian Farmers’ Federation and the Estonian Rye Society have all expressed their support for registering the “Estonian Vodka” geographical indication.