Estonia's first protected geographical indication goes to vodka
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.