The China Alcoholic Drinks Association holds a press conference on June 3 to release its "Estate Wine" trademark to certify quality Chinese wine. [Photo by Ye Jun/China Daily]
A new trademark promises to help customers identify quality Chinese wines on the market.
On the afternoon of June 3, the China Alcoholic Drinks Association held a press conference to introduce "Estate Wine", a certification trademark to identify chateau wines produced in China. The graphic design of the Estate Wine symbol is a combination of the English word "chateau" and the look of a classic chateau castle. However, the association hopes to avoid using the English word "chateau" in the trademark because they think the concept is "too narrow" to define Chinese quality wineries.
Wang Qi, deputy director and secretary general of the China Alcoholic Drinks Association, said it is the first such trademark the association will introduce. The association applied for the trademark from the State Administration for Industry and Commerce.
A certification trademark attests to quality, but not producer. As the owner of the trademark, the China Alcoholic Drinks Association will also serve as the testing and supervisory body of wineries granted the Estate Wine trademark. Wang Qi said the trademark will be open to all Chinese wineries for application. According to Wang Zuming, secretary general of the China Alcoholic Drinks Association’s wine branch, wines with the trademark will be available at the end of August, or in early September.
"The purpose of the trademark is to set up standards for Chinese chateau and chateau wines, and gradually establish a quality system for chateau wine products," Wang Zuming said. Receiving the certification trademark means a promise of quality and credibility on the part of the applicant, he said.