Australia may have to stop selling prosecco, feta and parmesan cheese to protect the culture and tradition of European products.
Prosecco farmers and the Italian government are urging the European Union to protect the sparkling wine against production in other countries.
Sales and exports of prosecco produced in Australia have grown by 400 percent in recent years, while domestic sales have increased by 50 percent.
Australian prosecco producers, however, say that sales will be jeopardized if a trade agreement is concluded with Europe to protect the sparkling wine.
Prosecco farmers and the Italian government urge the European Union to protect the sparkling wine against production in other countries
Third generation Italian vineyard owner William Spinazze told it ABC Italian farmers try & # 39; with all their strength & # 39; to protect.
& # 39; We know that some countries also produce prosecco, but it was born here and it is the same as Champagne, & # 39; said Mr. Spinazze.
Italian winemakers and the government are trying to use the word & # 39; prosecco & # 39; limit and register as a geographical indication (GI).
A GI is a sign used for products that have a specific geographical origin and have a meaning that directly relates to that origin.
After the grape name changed to glera in 2009, the European Commission tried to register Prosecco as a GI in Australia in 2013, but failed when Australia claimed it had adopted the name because it was a & # 39; generic variety & # 39 ; was like Shiraz.
Italy hopes to offer prosecco the same level of protection as Champagne, which is & # 39; the world's most famous GI.
According to Paolo De Catro, vice-chairman of the European Parliament's Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, winemakers are proud of the name & # 39; prosecco & # 39; because it is derived from a city in northeastern Italy.
& # 39; We would very much like to find a way to create a market for the real prosecco and to find a way to make it clear to Australian consumers when prosecco is made in a vineyard in Australia, & # 39; he said.
Sales and exports of prosecco produced in Australia have grown by 400 percent in recent years, while domestic sales have increased by 50 percent
Australia runs the risk of losing feta, parmesan, haloumi, bri, camembert, pecorino, edam and cheddar
Popular European cheeses can also be included in the GI debacle between Australia and Europe.
If Europe wants them to be protected. Australia runs the risk of losing feta, parmesan, haloumi, bri, camembert, pecorino, edam and cheddar.
Australia is also concerned about the term & # 39; prosciutto & # 39; after the EU sought protection in New Zealand for Prosciutto di Parma, Prosciutto di San Daniele and Prosciutto Toscana.
Commissioner for agricultural and rural development policy, Phil Hogan, said there was only one & # 39; handful & # 39; It will be GI & # 39; s that will generate anger in Australia.
& # 39; From an Australian producer's point of view, I think they should produce this specific evidence to avoid conflict with our Italian friends, & # 39; he said.
Feta cheese is also confronted with an Australian rebranding because Greek people use the term & # 39; Greek feta & # 39; find it ridiculous.
Australia is also concerned about the term & # 39; prosciutto & # 39; after the EU sought protection in New Zealand in Prosciutto di Parma
Many believe that feta can only be produced well in Greece because it must come from the milk produced from sheep and goats grazing in their specific microclimate.
Italian cheese producers in the northern Italian town of Parma – known for the famous Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma – also strive for stronger geographical indications.
Although there are currently GIs for both products, the producers want protection for the word & # 39; parmesan & # 39 ;.
The word parmesan is an English translation of & # 39; Parmigiano Reggiano & # 39; but it is unlikely that Italy will ask Australia to change its products.
The chairman of the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese consortium, Nicola Bertinelli, said the cheese has certain characteristics that stem from the type of land on which the cattle are grazed.
She said it is claimed that & # 39; parmesan & # 39; is not a generic name for cheese, but is associated with Italian products.
Feta cheese is also confronted with an Australian rebranding because Greek people use the term & # 39; Greek feta & # 39; find it ridiculous
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