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New EU wine labelling regulation will impact SA exporters

A new EU regulation (EC 2021/2117) has made it mandatory for wine product labels to include nutritional information and an ingredient list.

This means that all South African wine products produced after 8 December 2023 and exported to the European Union need some urgent attention.

In a nutshell: After December 8, 2023, all wine which was not produced and labelled before that date must disclose ingredients, allergen, energy, and nutrition information, according to Regulation (EU) 2021/2117.

Allergens and intolerances must appear on or be physically attached to the product. Some of the other required information, such as ingredients, can optionally be disclosed via “electronic means” such as with a QR code.

Wine which is not in compliance must be removed from the market and may have penalties applied as well, according to the law.

See E.U. 1306/2013 Chapter IV, Article 89.

To support the wine industry, FACTS has collaborated with Microchem to create an all-inclusive package to ensure compliance with this new regulation.

Read more in this pamphlet, and contact FACTS SA for more info.