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Agreement Between Australia and the European Community on Trade in Wine

Just to clarify a prior post of On Reserve, the 1994 wine agreement between the European Community and Australia that prevented Australia from producing wine of particular GIs did name several of the wines mentioned in the most recent agreement between the two powers. These GIs, under Article 8 of the 1994 agreement, did not portray a date by which Australia would transition from the use of such GIs. (Additional GIs were named under Article 8 that given a named transition period in the 1994 agreement.) The GIs named under the 1994 agreement that were not given a date of transition, and have been re-named in the most recent agreement, include the following:

  • Burgundy
  • Chablis
  • Champagne
  • Claret
  • Graves
  • Marsala
  • Moselle
  • Port
  • Sauternes
  • Sherry
  • White Burgundy

Article 8 of the 1994 agreement indicates that Article 9 of the agreement will determine the transitional period of these GIs. Article 9 reads as follows:

As from the date of entry into force of this Agreement, every endeavour shall be made by the Contracting Parties to agree, by 31 December 1997 at the latest, on transitional periods for the names referred to in Articles 8 and 11. The length of the transitional periods may differ to take account of the commercial significance to both Contracting Parties and the number of names used by Australia.

Agreement Between Australia and the European Community on Trade in Wine
, Article 9

The subsequent agreement, which was signed on December 1, 2008 in Brussels and became actionable on September 1, 2010, sets clear dates for the transition of the GIs named in the 1994 agreement. (Australian authorities notified the European Community on July 27, 2010 that Australia had completed the ratification process.)

To access the 1994 agreement, visit Agreement Between Australia and the European Community on Trade in Wine (1994). To access the 2008 agreement, visit Agreement Between Australia and the European Community on Trade in Wine (2008).

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