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Venezuela’s Rum Geographical Indication – Cocktail Wonk

In the ongoing quest to disprove the uninformed Rum has No Rules trope, I’ve written about

) If you’re unfamiliar with them, I suggest first reading Geographical Indication Fast Facts

What follows is a translated summary of Venezuela’s key rum regulations, including its GI

Passages related to administrative details are omitted for brevity

Should someone have the actual 2019 text, and not a summary, please let me know

1 Rum is made via the distillation of fermented sugarcane or its derivatives and aged in oak containers

1 The use of natural sweeteners such as fructose, sucrose, glucose, and others approved by the health authority

3 To improve the aroma, color, and taste, the addition of caramel, fresh or dry fruit macerations, bark,

1 Physical or chemical processes substituting or imitating the process of oak maturation

Article 4 Ron de Venezuela must be produced within twelve designated states:

The production area is defined as where sugarcane cultivation and processing, fermentation, distillation, aging, and packaging occurs

Article 5 Rum meeting the Ron de Venezuela requirements must be made from sugarcane and its derivatives, sourced

Articles 6 The cultivation of sugar cane must be carried out within the geographical areas declared as “production

If there is a shortage of distilled alcohol from authorized distilleries, the regulatory council may allow the

Article 9 Rum must be aged in white oak barrels in the aging warehouses of a registered rum

Note: A separate regulation (LISAEA) specifies that the barrels must hold at least 150 liters

In case of shortages, the regulatory council may allow using imported aged rum, up to 40 percent of

The following companies are listed in the DOC as having rum meeting the Ron de Venezuela requirements: