Es­to­nia's first pro­tected ge­o­graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tion goes to vodka

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The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has de­cided to reg­is­ter the prod­uct name «Es­to­nian vodka» as a pro­tected ge­o­graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tion, al­low­ing to sell the prod­uct only if it is made from Es­to­nian-grown raw ma­te­ri­als and wa­ter pumped in the Baltic coun­try.

Es­to­nian pub­lic broad­caster ERR re­ports that Es­to­nian vodka is the first Es­to­nian prod­uct to re­ceive the status of pro­tected ge­o­graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tion, which is the re­sult of a four-year-long pro­ce­dure ini­ti­ated by al­co­hol dis­tillers Es­to­nian Spirit OÜ and Re­me­dia AS. «Re­ceiv­ing the in­di­ca­tion is a ma­jor recog­ni­tion for the Es­to­nian food sec­tor,» Min­is­ter of Ru­ral Af­fairs Tarmo Tamm (Cen­ter) stated in a press re­lease. «It demon­strates that we are able to make prod­ucts that de­serve recog­ni­tion across all of Europe.»

The Euro­pean Union’s ex­ec­u­tive body as­signed Es­to­nian Vodka as a pro­tected ge­o­graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tion to vodka in the pro­duc­tion of which ethyl al­co­hol pro­duced from raw ma­te­ri­als grown in Es­to­nia and wa­ter pumped in Es­toni were used, which means that the in­di­ca­tion can be used ex­clu­sively on the la­belling of vodka man­u­fac­tured ob­serv­ing the re­quire­ments de­scribed in the tech­ni­cal doc­u­ment.


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