Swiss Town Champagne Loses Another Battle To Get Name On Wine

The small Swiss village of Champagne has lost another fight to get its name on the red wine it produces, according to a report on Saturday, the most recent blow in a long-running legal fight with France over the name.

The disagreement has actually pitted the western town in the Swiss canton of Vaud, with its 28 hectares of vineyards and around 750 people, against the may of France’s vigorously protective Champagne region, which produces much of the world’s most in-demand champagne.

The Swiss town of Champagne has been defending years to use its name on its items AFP/ FABRICE COFFRINI

The town has fought for years for the right to put its name on its white wine and other items, with little success.

However it had a win in January when the Vaud government created a brand-new certification– AOC or Controlled Designation of Origin– for its white wine called “Commune de Champagne”, or Champagne town.

Bottles of wine from the Swiss village significant C-hampagne, due to the fact that the town is not permitted to use its name on its wine AFP/ FABRICE COFFRINI

The Vaud federal government said it felt there was “no risk that the public would believe that still gewurztraminer, offered in a Vaudois bottle labelled ‘Commune de Champagne’ and ‘Swiss wine’, could be a champagne from the Champagne region” in France.

But France’s powerful Interprofessional Champagne White wines Committee, which zealously secures the interest of the region’s 34,000 hectares of vineyards, quickly submitted an appeal requesting for the brand-new appellation to be cancelled.

Vaud’s constitutional court ruled in favour of the French area according to a judgement on April 1, which was made public and reported by the ATS news company on Saturday.

The court ruled that the local government’s development of the appellation contrasted a trade contract in between Switzerland and the European Union which grants “exclusive defense to the French name ‘champagne’,” it was estimated as saying.

” The unique security deploys its effects versus any use of the secured denomination for white wines that do not originate from France’s Champagne,” it said.

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