THAILAND WILL SUBMIT G.I. APPLICATION FOR KHAO YAI WINES TO E.U.
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
Source: PB Valley, Khao Yai
Thailand is preparing to submit geographical indication (GI) applications to European Union (EU) for wine made in Khao Yai to increase wine exports.
Vuttikrai Leewiraphan, director-general of the Intellectual Property Department, said the department expects to file the applications for Khao Yai wine in the EU by September this year.
Vuttikrai told Bangkok Post that successful GI registration in foreign countries will help protect Thai products in overseas markets and make them more attractive to buyers.
He added that GI certification in foreign countries will help expand Thai export markets as the department aims to raise exports of GI products by 5 to 10 percent this year from 1 billion baht (USD 29.7 million) in 2021.
A total of 300,000 to 500,000 bottles of Khao Yai wine are produced every year, valued at 300 to 400 million baht (USD8.9 to 11.9 million).
Four Khao Yai wineries have registered for certification so far, they are GranMonte Vineyard and Winery, Village Farm, J&J Vineyard and Alcidini.
Only GranMonte has exported its products so far, mainly to Sweden, France, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore, with a value of about 10 million baht a year.
Khao Yai wines approved for GI must adhere to a set of established winemaking standards, including the use of Vitis vinifera grapes grown only in the Khao Yai region, with no imported wine or other fruit juice added.
Khao Yai is Thailand's first national park situates mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. It covers an area of 2,168 sq km, the main checkpoint is 180 km from Bangkok.
The altitude of the national park ranges from 400 to 1,000 meters giving the area a cooler climate making it suitable to grow vines.
GI is a distinctive certificate used to identify a product as originating in the territory of a particular country, region or locality that has unique characteristics or quality.
Currently, only six Thai products have got GI registration in foreign countries. These are Thung Kula Rong Hai hom mali rice, Doi Chaang coffee, Doi Tung coffee and Sangyod Muang Phatthalung rice in the EU; indigenous Isan silk yarn in Vietnam; and Lamphun brocade silk in India and Indonesia.
There are 152 GI-registered products in Thailand’s domestic market. GI products generated 36 billion baht worth of sales, including exports, last year. Vuttikrai said the government aims to increase total sales of GI products to 39 billion baht this year.
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