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"Estonian vodka" is a protected geographical indication in the European Union

11. March 2008 - 0:00

11.03.2008

 

The European Parliament and Council have enforced a new regulation on spirit drinks and it will be applied starting 20 May 2008. With this regulation, "Estonian vodka" is a protected geographical indication.


The European Commission has been very obliging and has already beforehand added the geographical indication "Estonian vodka" for Estonia to the regulation, which now stands next to the geographical indications of Finland, Sweden, Slovakkia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. For all the registered geographical indication, the Member States have to present a technical file by 20 February 2015, the latest. If a technical file has not been presented by the deadline, the indication will be removed from the annex of the regulation.

The new vodka definition enforced with the new regulation on spirit drinks (110/2008) does not limit the usage of raw materials, but, in case the spirit used to produce vodka is from other agricultural raw materials than crops of potatoes, the raw material has to be listed on the etiquette, following the horisontal rules on labelling according to regulation 2000/13 (easily understandable, attracting attention, visible, clear and unfading). In other words, if vodka is produced from non-traditional raw materials, like grape mark or beet molasses, the etiquette has to be labelled "grape marc vodka" or "beet molasses vodka".

According to the new regulation, the vodka producing countries in the European Union (for example, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Sweden), where the traditional raw materials for vodka production are crops and potatoes, do not have to list the raw materials on the etiquette.

Additional information:
Karina Loi
Ministry of Agriculture
Press Officer
Phone: +372 625 6254, +372 52 91 403
E-mail: karina.loi@agri.ee