A brilliant movie showcasing the amazing New Zealand! Seeing how New Zealand wines are being compared to some of the most sought-after regions in the world, like Burgundy, and see that they can be on the same level, should make winemakers in New Zealand very proud. Also seeing some familiar faces was fun to see and listen to their views on New Zealand wine.
It was also a great advertisement for Kumeu River Chardonnay, but fair enough if they have a wine that can compete with burgundy chardonnays, that’s something that you should advertise and be proud of.
Because the wine industry in New Zealand has really changed and become something really great in the recent years, having laws in place to protect producers and growers like the Geographical Indications (GI) is beneficial to all of New Zealand. This Act came into effect in 2017 and will help promote the wines in the competitive markets overseas. There are currently 19 GI’s and with them provides the ability to place a region on a bottle but only if those grapes where grown in the region stated. This Act will also help in protecting from wine fraud, which is constantly happening around the world, and allow for legal action to be taken if there are any false claims on a product. With the GI Act consumers will also be confident that what there are purchasing is authentic and gives value to a region.
GI laws in EU have labels that are put on products, which is either a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) or a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). What this means is your PDO is at the top with 100% of the grapes being from its geographical area. Your PGI is the middle with only 85% of grapes being from the area and lastly there is the bottom tier of wine where the restrictions are less, and the wine only needs to come from the EU.
And so, after a couple of delicious glasses of wine, bubbles and some nibbles it was good to end the class on a cheerful note.
By Emma Gordon