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HISTORY

The Wine Origins Alliance began on July 26, 2005 when eight wine regions signed the Joint Declaration to Protect Wine Place & Origin in Napa Valley, California. The Declaration, a set of principles aimed at educating consumers and policymakers about the importance of location to winemaking, continues to guide our work to this day. The global coalition has now grown to 31 members in 11 countries spanning North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

 

Today, the Alliance works to eliminate all tariffs on wine and non-tariff barriers to trade in wine, including the lack of protection for wine region names. The below milestones underscore the continued expansion of our efforts and the growing support by governments, courts and international trade officials.

AUGUST 1999

Washington Wine Quality Alliance Formed

JANUARY 2006

Supreme Court Upholds CA Law, Protects Napa Name

DECEMBER 2006

U.S. Congress Approves Legislation Protecting European Wine Place Names

MAY 2007

EU Protects Napa Valley’s Name

FEBRUARY 2010

Long Island (New York) and Rioja Join Wine Origins Alliance

SEPTEMBER 2011

Australia Protects EU Wine Names and Gains GI Protections in the EU

JANUARY 2014

Canada Protects EU Wine Names

OCTOBER 2016

Barossa Joins Wine Origins Alliance

JUNE 2017

McLaren Vale and Texas Wine Growers Join Wine Origins Alliance

MARCH 2018

Congressional Resolution Acknowledges Contributions of U.S. Wine Regions

MAY 2005

California Court of Appeals Upholds Wine Labeling Law

MARCH 1977
Oregon Prohibits Use of Semi-Generic Designations on Wine Labels

SEPTEMBER 2000

California Protects Napa Name

JULY 2005

Transatlantic Agreement Signed by Eight Renowned Wine Regions

SEPTEMBER 2006

California Protects Sonoma
County Name

MARCH 2007

Wine Origins Alliance Expands to 14 Regions

DECEMBER 2008

Australia and EU Sign Wine Accord

SEPTEMBER 2010

California Protects Sonoma County Name

JUNE 2013

China and Brazil Increase Protection of Champagne Name

MARCH 2014

Santa Barbara County (California), Bordeaux and Bourgogne/Chablis Join Wine Origins Alliance

JANUARY 2017

Four Napa Valley dessert wines will no longer be called ‘port’

FEBRUARY 2018

Poll Finds Overwhelming Consumer Support for Accurate Wine Labeling

MAY 2018

United Kingdom Protects Napa Valley Name

SEPTEMBER 2018

The U.S. Senate Passes Resolution to Acknowledge Importance of AVAs

MARCH 2019

Missouri and Yamanashi Join
Wine Origins Alliance

OCTOBER 2019

WOA Members Advocate for Elimination of Tariffs and Non-Tariff Barriers on Wine

OCTOBER 2019

U.S. Congressional Resolution to Recognize AVAs is Introduced

JANUARY 2020
WOA Submits Letter to USTR and EU Commissioner on Trade Opposing Tariffs on Wine

MARCH 2020
Wine Origins Alliance Welcomes Four New U.S. Members

JUNE 2020
Wine Origins Alliance Welcomes Two New Members: Rhône and South Africa

JUNE 2020
Wine Origins Alliance Hosts
The First-ever "Wine on Earth
Taste-A-Thon"

JULY 2020
Provence Joins Wine Origins Alliance

JULY 2020
Wine Origins Alliance Sends Letter to USTR Opposing All Tariffs on Wine

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