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The wine of the Swiss locality Champagne cannot be called “Champagne”

The white wine produced in the Swiss locality of Champagne (Canton of Vaud) cannot wear the name “Champagne”. The new provisions creating the controlled designation of origin “Municipality of Champagne” and the new wine region “Champagne” implemented on January 13, 2021 by the State Council of the canton of Vaud have been cancelled by the Constitutional court of the same canton. This decision is grounded on the violation of the international regulations, namely the Agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the European Community on trade in agricultural products dating back to June 21, 1999. This Agreement grants the exclusive right to use the appellation “Champagne” to the wines coming from the French region Champagne. The Court here confirms the position of the Federal authorities who had validated this protection in 2012 notwithstanding the homonymy with the name of the Swiss municipality.

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