First legal action for a Denomination of Origin
The Colombian PTO (SIC) issued provisional measures against the Colombian company VINOS DE LA CORTE S.A. to stop them using the terms “Champagne” (“Champaña” in Spanish) or “Champagne artificial flavor” in their products, website or any other advertising material. The steps were taken to protect the Denomination of Origin (DO) “Champagne.”
This decision sets an important precedent in Colombia, as it is the first judicial case related to the infraction of a DO.
The Interprofessional Champagne Wines Committee (Comité interprofessionnel du vin de champagne) had applied for provisional measures against VINOS DE LA CORTE S.A., arguing that the use of the aforementioned terms involves a non-authorized use of the DO “Champagne,” recognized in Colombia by SIC in 2013.
In the resolution of the provisional measures, the SIC argued that, since the term “Champagne” is a DO recognized in Colombia, it can only be used to define products that have been produced in the province of Champagne and the municipality of Bar-sur-Seine (France), provided they comply with specific quality conditions determined by the DO. However, the sparkling wines commercialized by VINOS DE LA CORTE S.A. are produced in the Colombian municipality of Santander de Quilichao.