Wine label:Everything You Need To Know

he wine label is the visible face of it, its appearance sometimes conditions us when buying or even tasting .

But in addition to guiding us by its appearance it gives us a lot of information about the wine we have in hand, helping us in our choice.

What information should appear on our label?

What does what we see mean?

P o law must appear on the wine label (either everything on the label or everything on the back label):

Product category: Wine, sparkling wine, needle wine …
Origin: where the winery is located
Alcoholic degree: It is expressed as a percentage in relation to the volume of the bottle.
Bottler: Who made the bottling, in most cases it is bottled on the property, but in other cases of small projects with limited resources the bottling is done in another winery, indicating it on the label.
Volume: What capacity the bottle has.
Lot number (if the surface of the label is greater than 10 square centimeters)
Presence of allergens (if any)

In wines belonging to a Designation of Origin (PDO) or Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) must also include:

The expression DO or IGP, as well as the name to which they belong. Ex. (DO Rueda)
Here the product category field can be omitted.
In sparkling wines, aerated sparkling wines or aromatic quality wines must also include the sugar content.

Finally, sparkling wines and aerated sparkling wines gasified should indicate that carbonic anhydride are added.

What information do you recommend indicating although it is not mandatory?

In addition to the mandatory information to indicate on each wine label, there are some fields that are recommended to indicate even if they are not mandatory. Those fields are:

Harvest year
Varieties of wine grapes : garnacha, tempranillo, godello …
Terms referring to the production method: fermentation, aging, aging …
Pictogram referred to the presence of allergens
Sugar content (for those wines in which it is not mandatory)
CE sign

In wines belonging to a DO or PGI :

Indication of the vineyard holding
Traditional terms: aged, aging, stale, solera, reserve …
Community symbol of DO or PGI
Name of another geographical unit smaller or wider than the area covered by the PDO or PGI
After all this information you will ask …

Is it mandatory that a bottle of wine has a label?
The answer is NO , in the following cases:

In wines transported between installations of the same company
In wine not intended for sale (maximum 30 liters per game)
Wine intended for family consumption of the producer and employees
The bottles of sparkling wine s protected designation of origin produced according to the 'traditional method' with restrictions .

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