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N. Greece winemakers take action to ensure 'Macedonia' brand only for Greek wines

Δημοσίευση 9 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:11 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
N. Greece winemakers take action to ensure 'Macedonia' brand only for Greek wines
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A local cooperative of winemakers in northern Greece on Wednesday announced that it will file a lawsuit in Germany against distributors and super market retailers offering wines from the neighbouring former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM) under the indication "Macedonia".

A local cooperative of winemakers in northern Greece on Wednesday announced that it will file a lawsuit in Germany against distributors and super market retailers offering wines from the neighbouring former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM) under the indication "Macedonia".

The president of the Association of Winemakers & Viticulturalists of Northern Greece (ENOABE), Yiannis Voyiatzis, noted that several retailers in Germany have already

complied with European law and removed the wines from their shelves.

The term "Macedonia" enjoys a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status for wines produced in the Greek province of Macedonia, which dominates northern Greece.

"This specific geographic designation is only allowed for wines emanating from the geographic province of Macedonia in Greece," Voyiatzis.

Along those lines, he noted that the circulation of wines from fYRoM bearing the stand-alone name "Macedonia" or "Macedonian" was recently banned in Slovenia, as well.

According to the ENOABE president, his association has been in contact with the Greek embassies in all EU member-states in order to ascertain whether similar instances of illegal wine branding has occurred.