E-Labels for E.U.Wine regulations

On December 6, 2021, the European Union published new rules concerning wine, dealcoholized and partially dealcoholized wine, and aromatized wine. These new rules introduce a compulsory nutrition declaration and a compulsory list of ingredients for wine products sold on the EU market beginning on December 8, 2023. The EU also established the conditions under which wine products may be dealcoholized or partially dealcoholized.

Compulsory Nutrition Declaration and Ingredient Listing

As per the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (Regulation 1169/2011), alcoholic beverages containing more than 1.2 percent alcohol by volume are generally exempt from the requirement to display a nutrition declaration and ingredient listing. To enhance consumer transparency, EU legislators have chosen to amend the regulation for wine products, which fall under CAP regulations. It is important to emphasize that this amendment does not apply to other alcoholic products such as beers or spirits.

The introduction of Regulation 2021/2117 brings forth certain obligations for wines, aromatized wines, dealcoholized wines, and partially dealcoholized wines:

  • A compulsory nutrition declaration
  • A mandatory list of ingredients

Producers are given the flexibility to decide whether the nutrition declaration should be included on the packaging or on a label that solely displays the energy value, represented by the symbol “E.” Should the latter option be chosen, the complete nutrition declaration must be accessible through electronic means specified on the packaging or an attached label, often via a QR code.

It is important to note that the regulation also dictates that the nutrition declaration must not be placed alongside other information meant for sales or marketing purposes, and no data collection or tracking of user information is permitted.

However, it should be highlighted that the choice not to include a comprehensive nutrition declaration on the packaging or label does not impact the existing requirement of listing substances responsible for allergies or intolerances.

As of June 24, 2021, the European Commission has unveiled a roadmap outlining intentions to revise labeling regulations for alcoholic beverages. This forms part of the forthcoming revision of Regulation (EU) 1169/2011. This proposed revision aims to make it mandatory for all alcoholic beverages, including wines, to provide a list of ingredients and nutritional information upon placement within the EU market. The Commission has indicated in its roadmap that adjustments might be made to CAP’s wine ingredient labeling and nutrition declaration regulations to ensure alignment with the broader rules set forth by the revision of Regulation 1169/2011.

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