International Standard for the Labelling of Wines

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1.2                      Scope

The product

The labelling standard for wines applies to products fitting the definition of wine as laid down by the International Code of Oenological Practices of the OIV, namely:

Wine is exclusively the beverage resulting from the complete or partial alcoholic fermentation of fresh grapes, whether crushed or not, and from the grape must. Its acquired alcoholic strength should not be less than 8.5 p. 100 vol.

Nevertheless, considering climatic conditions, soil or grape variety, special qualitative factors or individual traditions specific to certain vineyards, the total minimum alcoholic strength can be reduced to 7 p. 100 vol. by special legislation of the region in question.

The present standard does not apply to special wines defined by the said Code. However, flor wines which meet the present definition of wine are also subject to the application of the present standard.

Labelling is compulsory for pre-packed wines which are to be sold to the consumer.