EU Wine labeling requirements 2023
Starting from December 8, 2023, the EU will introduce new wine labeling requirements aimed at improving consumer information. The labeling rules for wines and flavored wines sold within the EU will require the inclusion of ingredient lists and nutritional information on the label. The bottle labels that are not affected and do not need to be changed are those manufactured before December 8. They can continue to be sold until they are depleted from the stock.
What must be included on the new label?
Wine producers are now required to disclose ingredients, allergens, energy, and nutritional information on the label.
According to Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers, an ingredient is defined as: “Any substance or product, including aromas, food additives, and food enzymes, or any component of a compound ingredient, used in the manufacture or preparation of a food product and still present in the finished product, possibly in modified form.”
The nutrition declaration on the label may be limited to energy value (in kcal or kJ), provided that the information is fully available. Additives must also be listed on the label, including acidity regulators, preservatives and antioxidants, stabilizers, and allergens.
Energy information and allergens must appear on or be physically attached to the product. Some of the other information, such as ingredients, may potentially be disclosed through “electronic means,” such as a QR code.
This can be of great importance for individuals with allergies or intolerances, as they will be able to make decisions about which wines they can consume without risking their health.
Wine that does not meet the requirements must be removed from the market and may also face penalties, according to the law.