ICANN provides breathing space for negotiations on '.wine' and '.vin' strings

21 April 2014

On 4 April 2014, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) passed a resolution providing a 60 day additional period of time for further negotiation about the '.wine' and '.vin' strings between the applicants, the rights holders of geographic indications and the wine industry. 

This latest resolution comes after a heated debate following a September 2013 Resolution to take the next steps in delegating the two strings after ICANN's Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) advised that no additional safeguards were required for the '.wine' and '.vin' strings.  This resulted in submissions of protest from the President of the European Parliament, the European Commission and various regional wine producers such as Comité Interprofessional du Vin de Champagne, Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico and Napa Valley Vintners.  In contrast, the US government's position was that the delegation should proceed.

In a statement, the European Commission welcomed this postponement noting that "geographical indications for wine must be protected from domain name claims that put at risk the viability and integrity of this important sector".  The EC went on to state that "the new gTLDs '.win' and '.vin' cannot be opened until the rights and interests of wine producers and consumers worldwide are protected".