Before the occupation of the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the following geographical indications for wines were registered: Sonyachna Dolyna, Noviy Svit, Zolota Balka, Meganom, Balaklava, Magarach. Two of them (Sonyachna Dolyna, Noviy Svit) are enshrined in the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
After the occupation of Crimea Ukrainian geographical indications were “re-registered” under Russian law and became Russian protected appellations of origin.
“Re-registration” took place on the basis of legal documents of Ukraine. Currently, according to Rospatent, the following Ukrainian geographical indications are “registered” as Russian: Magarach, Novyi Svit, Meganom, Balaklava.
Moreover, the same situation has occurred to Ukrainian trademarks, which were also “re-registered” in Russia and became Russian.
At the same time, following the decisions of so-called occupation authorities of Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol have introduced a new protected geographical indication “Crimea” for wines, which is currently used by the most powerful wine companies Massandra, Noviy Svit, Inkerman, Sonyachna Dolyna and others.
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