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  1. Australian Wine Law Steve Guy, April 07 Jessica Pater Understanding Compliance Requirements June 28 2006

  2. Australian Success Factors • High proportion of the internationally recognised grape varieties • Highly educated workforce • Outstanding Research and Development capabilities • Industry unity • Ability to supply large supermarkets with branded product- critical mass in large exporters • Flexible regulatory environment allowing for innovation in winemaking and marketing • Robust export controls • Diversity of wine styles and wine regions- quality/value • Offer branded product rather than wines classified by appellation

  3. Australian Wine Law • AWBC Act 1980 and Regulations (Federal) • Food Standards (FSANZ / States) • Trade Measurement Packaging legislation (States) • Trade Practices Act (Federal) • State Consumer Laws

  4. Wine Labels Overview • Before a wine can be exported, it must; • Comply with the Food Standards Code, • Comply with the Blending Rules (Label Integrity), and • Then comply with the requirements of the importing country.

  5. The Blending Rules Any claim must be listed in descending order of its proportion in the wine

  6. Foreign Wine Beyond Boundaries • What is the minimum amount of foreign wine that needs to be declared? The name and proportion of the blend produced in each country must be displayed in descending order. 2002 Shiraz Wine of Australia (99%) Chile (1%)

  7. Winemaker who breaks the law:2 years

  8. The Label Integrity Program FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS: • Label Claims are not mandatory however, if a label claim is to be made, then an audit trail from finished product back to grape purchase must exist to substantiate any claim. • The Label Integrity Program does NOT prescribe HOW records are to be kept, only the information that must be recorded – this gives winemakers complete flexibility in choosing a system that best suits their needs. • NOTE: Receipt of ALL grapes and grape products at a winery must be recorded even if no label claim is to be made.

  9. Wine Labels Overview – Brand Names Coonawarra = 30% Use of a Trade Mark in a misleading manner is a false description. Coonawarra Slopes™ 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon 750 mL

  10. Wine Labels Overview – Protected Names Protected names are listed on a register as a means of formalising and protecting both Australian & agreement country’s GI’s and TE’s. It is a false description to use a protected name in any context, true or not. Holy Grail South Eastern Australia 2002 Shiraz Grenache This classic ‘Rhone style’ blend of Shiraz and Grenache from the excellent 2002 vintage has produced a soft dry red with excellent length of flavour on the palate. PRODUCED BY THE GRAIL WINES, 23 WAITE RD, SEVENHILL, SA 14.0% VOL, APPROX 8 STANDARD DRINKS, CONTAINS SULPHITES AND MILK PRODUCTS

  11. Wine Labels Overview – Medals • Medals do not comply with the WFA Code of Practice. • Gold, bronze or silver discs must not be used for any other purpose such as anniversaries, events etc. • Only wine shows which enforce the Code of Practice will be authorised by the AWBC for display on EU labels. Best Exhibitor Holy Grail Winery of the Year 2004 Cabernet Shiraz Since 1979 750 mL

  12. Allergens & Health Warnings • Allergen labelling mandatory in Australia • Must declare the presence of • Cereals containing gluten • Egg products • Fish products • Milk products • Nut products • Even when used as a processing aid • Sulphites statement mandatory in EU from 2005, other allergens exempt at least until November 2007. - France: Health Warning for pregnant women (Oct 2007). - UK: Looking at introducing a health warning + standard drinks labelling. - Finland: Looking to introduce two health statements. • Health Warning in US for many years. Allergens will be introduced in the United States in 2007. • Allergens labelling creates problems in Asian markets.

  13. Licence to Export Exporter sends application & relevant docs AWBC issues licence Renewal Product Approval Exporter sends product, labels & analysis AWBC checks blend vs label, analysis & evaluates AWBC sends approval Shipment Approval Exporter submits Shipping App AWBC checks & issues permit no. Exporter submits permit to ACS. EU. AWBC sends VI1 Certificate EU. Exporter submits NATA VI1 Analysis Export Process

  14. Export Controls • License • Product must be tasted • Shipments must be approved • For shipments of bulk wine, consignee must also be approved

  15. Bulk Wine Procedures Developed to… Manage the potential threat to the image of Australian winewhich may arise from the uncontrolled handling, storage and bottling of the bulk wine.

  16. Bulk Wine Procedures Consignee must be: • Approved prior to export • Accredited to (or working towards): • BRC (British Retail Consortium) technical standard; or • ISO 22000 standard; or • HACCP & ISO 9000 standards; or • International Food Standard (IFS); or • A standard ‘equivalent’ to the BRC. * Exemptions made where wine is: • not identified as Australian (ISO 9000 or HACCP). • used in a food product. • used for sacramental purposes.

  17. Bulk Wine Procedures Bulk Returns • Randomly requested from bulk shipments. • 2 fully dressed samples are returned along with the bulk return declaration. • Allowed four months to return samples. • Wine is tasted and label checked. • Consignee may be suspended if quality problems identified.

  18. AWBC Website • For further information on: • Wine Law, making & labelling • GI names and maps • Label Integrity Program • Exporting Wine • Export Market Guides • Information, statistics & publications • Visit :