Geographical origin of spirit drinks

 

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EU) 2019/787 on the definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, the use of the names of spirit drinks in the presentation and labelling of other foodstuffs, the protection of geographical indications for spirit drinks, the use of ethyl alcohol and distillates of agricultural origin in alcoholic beverages

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?

KEY POINTS

Scope

The regulation covers the definition of spirit drinks and the categories of spirit drinks allowed in the EU. It outlines detailed rules on their production, description, presentation and labelling, as well as the use of the names of spirit drinks in the presentation and labelling of other foodstuffs.

Spirit drinks is one of the 4 sectors covered by the rules on geographical indications. The other sectors are food, wine and aromatised wines.

Ethyl alcohol

The alcohol used in the production of spirit drinks and other alcoholic beverages, and to dilute or dissolve colours, flavourings or any other authorised ingredients, should be exclusively ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin, distillates of agricultural origin or spirit drinks of categories 1 to 14 of Annex I to the regulation. The definition of ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin, including the maximum levels of residues, is outlined in the regulation.

Protection of geographical indications

Geographical indications which conform with the product specifications are protected against:

Product specification

Product specifications include at least:

Registration

FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

It has applied since 8 June 2019 as regards the rules relating to geographical indications. It applies as of 25 May 2021 as regards the other rules on the production, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks.

BACKGROUND

See also:

KEY TERMS

Spirit drink: an alcoholic beverage intended for human consumption which possesses particular properties of taste and aroma, and has a minimum alcoholic strength by volume of 15% (14% for advocaat (egg liqueur))
Geographical indication: a denomination identifying a product as originating in a country, region or locality where a particular quality, reputation or other characteristic of the product is essentially due to its geographical origin. Natural, human and process factors contribute to these distinctive characteristics.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Regulation (EU) 2019/787 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 on the definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, the use of the names of spirit drinks in the presentation and labelling of other foodstuffs, the protection of geographical indications for spirit drinks, the use of ethyl alcohol and distillates of agricultural origin in alcoholic beverages, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 (OJ L 130, 17.5.2019, pp. 1-54)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Regulation (EU) 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 November 2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs (OJ L 343, 14.12.2012, pp. 1-29)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 have been incorporated in the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers, amending Regulations (EC) No 1924/2006 and (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Commission Directive 87/250/EEC, Council Directive 90/496/EEC, Commission Directive 1999/10/EC, Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, Commission Directives 2002/67/EC and 2008/5/EC and Commission Regulation (EC) No 608/2004 (OJ L 304, 22.11.2011, pp. 18-63)

See consolidated version.

Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2008 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 1576/89 (OJ L 39, 13.2.2008, pp. 16-54)

See consolidated version.

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 716/2013 of 25 July 2013 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks (OJ L 201, 26.7.2013, pp. 21-30)

See consolidated version.

last update 07.10.2019