In order to have the GI logo and get registered as a GI by the European Commission, the product should meet certain specifications, such as the raw materials, physical, chemical characteristics, etc. Furthermore, the evidence of the production geographical area and the production method should be provided in order to prove that the product originates in the designed area and respects the method of labelling.
Registration Process/Entry Process:
- On a national level
- On a European Level
- The National Authorities Responsible Departments in the Member States for quality schemes can be found at
- On the national level the authorities for checks to to PDO-PGI in the wine sector can be found in the link:
Eligible to apply are:
- A group of producers (with any legal form) that produce the same wine and want to protect it
- Individual producer that proves that is the only producer of the wine that he/she wants to protect in the area applying for.
The process for registering a GI starts from a producer and ends when the product is included in databases such as E-Bacchus, + E-Spirit, DOOR and e-ambrosia database (EU level). The applicant should provide at least:
- an identification- name,
- the product specifications (e.g. name, description of the product and the geographical area, proofs that that originates in this area, methods of production, labelling/package traits, the connection between the environment, name and traits/reputation, requirements implied by national or European laws, authorities/bodies which verify provisions of certain characteristics, etc),
- a document including details of the specification and discussion of the connection between the product and the geographical origin,
- in case of third countries, a protection verification in the country of origin.
Where to apply:
For areas in member states, applications must be addressed to national authorities and comply with the regulations of each member state. The publication of opposition purposes should follow the approval in a reasonable time period. At national level, products officially marked in question for >5 years within the national opposition procedure, could have a transitional adjustment period. A conformity declaration is submitted by the member of state to the Commission along with the document mentioned above, the applicant’s proof of identity and application reference.
To apply it is needed:
- Application Form
- Single Document:
- It can be found at : https://ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-fisheries/food-safety-and-quality/certification/quality-labels/registration-name-quality-product/applications-wine-products_en
- It should be concise and comprehensive (up to about 5 pages approximately)
- It should respond to the reality and the specifications
- This is forwarded for inspection and approval by the European Commission.
- It is published in all the languages of the K-M for international objections.
- Specifications (According to article 7, paragraph (1) rule (EE) 1151/2012)
- Proof of origin
Basic Remark: The specifications which the applier group posits and as long as the naming is registered in the Union Law Register are mandatory and have to be applied as they have initially approved
Applications for wine products and the documents that are needed for PDO- PGI wine registration can be found at the link:
Additional support from assistance services regarding registration for Geographical Indication protection can be found at the links