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India’s vintners seek geographical indication status for Nashik region

Vintners from Nashik, India’s foremost wine producing district, have applied for geographical indications status – giving the area a name that conveys an assurance of quality to products of that origin – for its produce under the name of "Nashik Valley Wines", in the hope that its successful registration will provide support to the flagging Indian wine industry. With 38 wineries in the area, of which five will be their first crushing season in 2010, Nashik Valley is estimated to account for around 70 percent of Maharashtra’s wine production that represented 1.32 crore (13.2 million) litres of wine in 2009.