5 – The complex definition of “origin”: aromatized wines and geographical indications

The complex definition of “origin”: aromatized wines and geographical indications

- Attorney Stefano Vergano

UGIVI – Jacobacci Avvocati, Turin

The attorney Stefano Vergano, of Studio Jacobacci and UGIVI, faced the complex issue of the concept of “origin” of flavored wines in full. The determination of the origin of these products is based on several elements. It can refer both to a geographical area, to the main components, and to the traditions that characterize the production processes. Perfect examples of this concept are Vermouth di Torino PGI and Barolo Chinato PDO. For the Barolo Chinato PDO, in fact, the origin is essentially dictated by the origin of the base wine. In the Vermouth di Torino, the Italian and Piedmontese origin of the base wine is recalled, while the concept of origin is especially linked on the one hand to the production technique, the result of a long Turin tradition, and on the other to the origin of the aromatic plants, in particular the fundamental one in its production, Artemisia, which must come specifically from Piedmont.

From here he then went on to describe the cases of the only other wines with a Geographical Indication, such as the Glühwein from Nuremberg and Thuringia, the Samoborski Bermet from Croatia, the Vino Naranja from the Contado of Huelva, in Spain, ending with the Retsina from Greece, which is not a PGI wine, but it is a traditional mention.