LABELING CHANGES IN 2012
Wine producers and buyers should be aware of the recent wine labeling changes from this year on. Unfortunately, consumers seem to be again forgotten in the information stream…
From August 1st on, wines made from organic grapes will wear the new mention ‘Organic wine’ on their label (well, only if they are fulfilling all the legal restrictions imposed by the new EU law). The whole range of private ‘organic farming’ certifications should disappear and be replaced by the EU green leaf organic (bio) logo.
Another important change is the mandatory mention of two important allergenic products, used during the wine-making: albumin and casein. Even though those products are almost totally eliminated during the ageing process, small traces still can remain in a finished wine. The mention ‘contains sulphites’ will be extended with ‘and products made from milk/eggs’ on each label when the producer did use any of those two types of allergenic products. (Another reason to be aware of this, is that wines labelled with such a mention are definitely not suitable for vegetarians and veganists!) This mention will be mandatory from July 1st on.
Source: Wine Alley / WiseGeek / Living Without