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Perth Hills Wine Region celebrates 10th anniversary
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The Perth Hills Wine Region is celebrating their 10th anniversary of Geographic Indication (GI) in 2009. The regions vignerons association has a number of activities planned to mark the occasion including the development of a special label, various special events and a commemorative wine.
GI is the official description of an Australian wine zone, region and sub- region awarded by the Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation. Its main purpose is to protect the use of the regional name under international law, limiting its use to describe wines produced from winegrape fruit grown within that GI.
A Geographic Indication can be likened to the Appellation naming system used in Europe (e.g. Bordeaux, Burgundy) but is much less restrictive in terms of viticultural and winemaking practices. In fact the only restriction is that wine which carries the regional name must consist of a minimum of 85% of fruit from that region. This protects the integrity of the label and safeguards the consumer.
For more details about the year ahead please visit www.perthhillswine.com.au and subscribe to our newsletter as 2009 is set to be an exciting year for the region.