Saturday 23 August 2014

English vineyard in first attempt to secure PDO status

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A Cornish vineyard has submitted the UK’s first single grower application for Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) recognition thanks to the award-winning success of the vintage produced on an area with an ancient field name.
Bob Lindo, joint founder of Camel Valley Vineyards in Cornwall, has applied to the EU, through DEFRA, for a PDO for a small area known by the historic field name of Darnibole. The area has an ancient slate sub soil; a steep south facing slope, and grows Bacchus grapes of exceptional quality.
The Lindos have strict self-imposed criteria for the area: 100% Bacchus from Darnibole, no acidification or de-acidification, no sweetening, higher natural alcohol, hand picking, must be made at the adjoining Camel Valley winery and it must be compared with previous vintages to ensure typicity.
Lindo says: “All previous vintages of Darnibole Bacchus have won a Gold medal and critical acclaim, so there is something that we consider to be special about that small area. It produces intense, steely Bacchus with a delicate restrained aroma.”
Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) is a distinct regime under the Protected Geographical Status (PGS) legal framework defined in European Union law to protect the names of regional foods to help protect the reputation of the regional foods, promote rural and agricultural activity, help producers obtain a premium price for their authentic products, and eliminate the unfair competition and misleading of consumers by non-genuine products, which may be of inferior quality or of different flavour.


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