Geographical Indication for ‘Farroupilha’ Wines
In Brazil the ‘Associação Farroupilhense de Produtores de Vinhos, Espumantes, Sucos e Derivados’ (Afavin) filed a GI application at the local PTO, which contained specific details such as geographical delimitation, production processes, and the historical recognition of their region as a producer of muscat wine. The Geographical Indication was for ‘Farroupilha’ wines. As you might already know, Farroupilha is a city in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil with approx. 70,345 residents.
There are already 4 GIs for wines in Brazil: Vale dos Vinhedos as Indicação de Procedência in 2002 and Denomination of Origin in 2012; Pinto Bandeira as Indicação de Procedência in 2010; Altos Montes as Indicação de Procedência in 2013; and also last year Monte Belo as Indicação de Procedência.
Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth-largest in the world. With approximately 83,000ha of vineyard, it ranks just behind its near neighbors Argentina and Chile in terms of acreage under vine. Brazil’s best-known wines are arguably its sparkling whites, many of which are made in a style similar to Italian spumante. Most of Brazil’s wine is produced in the far south of the country, in Serra Gaucha and Campanha.