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Wines with specific characteristics attributable to a specific region can be registered under the European Union's quality logos "Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)" and "Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)". Products have to respond to the specifications outlined in Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013.

What is behind the PDO - PGI wine logos?

A Protected designation of origin (PDO) identifies a wine from a region, a specific place or, in exceptional cases, a country, whose quality and characteristics are essentially or exclusively due to particular inherent natural and human factors i.e. to its geographical environment. The grapes have to come exclusively from that geographical area where the production also takes place. The product is obtained from vine varieties belonging to Vitis vinifera.

PDO wines can bear the following logo:

Logo PDO

 

A Protected geographical indication (PGI) identifies a wine from a specific place or, in exceptional cases, a country, whose specific quality, reputation or other characteristics are attributable to that geographical origin. At least 85% of the grapes used have to come exclusively from that geographical area where production takes place. The wine has to be obtained from vine varieties belonging to Vitis vinifera or a cross between the Vitis vinifera species and other species of the genus Vitis.

PGI wines can bear the following logo:

Logo PGI

Some traditionally used names for wines might, under certain conditions, constitute a designation of origin.

 

How to register a wine name?

Products have to respond to the specifications outlined in Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013.

  • EU producers should send an application to the relevant national authority: List of EU national authorities (pdf).

 

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How to find out which wine names are registered?

>> Consult the E_bacchus database of PDO and PGI.

 

How to object to a wine name proposed for registration?

 

More information:

 

>> How to apply for, cancel or amend a PDO-PGI wine name.

>> Wine legislation

 

 

>> Legal protection and controls