Ambassador Ziegler hosts Champagne Committee delegation
Ambassador of France to India, Alexandre Ziegler, hosts Champagne Committee delegation led by Director General Vincent Perrin to mark 10th anniversary of Champagne GI registration in India.
New Delhi, 4 October 2018
The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, today hosted, at the Residence of France in New Delhi, a delegation from the Comité Champagne (Champagne Committee), led by its Director General, Vincent Perrin, who are visiting India on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the registration of the Champagne geographical indication in the country.
The reception in honour of this anniversary and the Comité Champagne, France’s official regulatory body representing 16,000 winegrowers and 350 houses, brought together more than 100 participants, including officials and key representatives from the trade. The soirée also saw Comité DG Vincent Perrin award the Silver Medal of The Champagne-growers Corporation to Mr Rajiv Singhal, President - Group Ritu and Champagne representative in India, for his longstanding commitment to promoting Champagne in the country.
Hailing the occasion, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said, “Champagne is an intrinsic part of French culture and a living heritage. Champagne is unique, and tonight we are very proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the official recognition of Champagne in India.”
Champagne export to India is developing smoothly, with almost 4,00,000 bottles shipped in 2017. The Indian geographical indications system is a strong base for the protection of the high intangible value behind European geographical names such as Champagne. The Embassy of France has a dedicated IP Counsellor for establishing strong bilateral cooperation between the French IP Office (INPI) and its Indian counterpart, CGPDTM.
After 10 years, the implementation track record of the legal protection awarded to Champagne is good, with significant court rulings in favour of Champagne. Hence, fully satisfied with the renewal of this high level of guarantee, the Comité Champagne is confident that India will remain a strong advocate of the importance of collective protection of territorial origins of traditional know-hows in the food industry and beyond, at both the domestic and international levels.
The Comité Champagne is the trade association that represents the interests of independent Champagne producers (vignerons) and Champagne Houses. Its mandate is to promote the vines and wines of Champagne through a broad remit that includes: economic, technical and environmental development; continuous quality improvement; sector management; marketing and communications; and the promotion and protection of the Champagne AOC across the world.