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Wines and mangoes as geographical Indications

Posted on October 14, 2014 08:40:00 PM

Amicus Curiae
Ricmond K. Lee

A STORY published in the Aug. 28 issue of BusinessWorld attributed the minimal damage sustained by the famous vineyards and wineries of Napa Valley from the recent 6.0-magnitude quake to its terroir. 

Terroir is a French concept that refers to the unique property of a geographical environment. 

Apparently, rocky soil that is ideal for producing fine wines holds up better to seismic jolts compared to clay or sand.

Apart from the soil, Napa Valley’s terroir includes its topography, geology and climate. 

Their unique combination with grape varieties produces the famous Napa Valley wines. 

Because of the terroir-driven characteristics of Napa Valley wines, vintners in the region have exclusively claimed “Napa Valley” as a geographical indication.

Geographical indication (GI) is an intellectual property (IP) right granted to a product when there exists a direct qualitative link between the product and its geographical origin by re…