Napa Valley is the first wine region outside of China to be recognized with the Geographic Indication status from the State Administration for Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine. For NV, this provides a pivotal element in consumer protection against wines illegitimately labeled as being from Napa Valley in the Chinese market. Chen Xuemin at the Zhongzi law firm was local counsel. (http://www.zhongzi.com.cn/english/LawyerShow.asp?Aid=472). AQSIQ recognition is one of two procedures available for protection of geogrpahical indications in China, the other being through recognition as a certification or collective mark through the Chinese trademark office. Kudos to the Napa Valley Vintners for its diligence over the years. For more information, see the press release here.