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Champagne (canton of Vaud)

Small wine-growing village with 700 inhabitants in the Bonvillars area in the north of the Swiss canton Vaud, It was first mentioned in documents in 885. The vineyards have Grand Cru status and cover 28 hectares of vineyards, which are mostly planted with Chasselas and some red varieties. The municipality was mainly due to the litigation with the French Champagne known. After years of legal disputes, the commune was banned from using the origin-designation "Vin de Champagne" reserved for France, starting from the 2003 vintage, on the basis of the bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU. This does not only affect the wine, but also other products. The community continues to fight for recognition of the former name. In 2008, the municipality-based bakery Cornu registered its Flûtes brand "De Champagne Suisse" (Flûtes = salt and cheese aperitif pastry) in Bern, causing new litigation.

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