Wine labels or wine labels are important sources of information, they tell the type and origin of the wine. The wine label is often the only resource the buyer has to judge the wine. Information that is usually included in the label for wine, country of origin, quality, type - variety, alcoholic strength, producer or importer. In addition to these national labeling requirements, producers may include on their label their website and QR code with specific harvest information.
Some wineries place great importance on label design. There are wineries that have not changed the design of their label for more than 60 years, as in the case of Château Simone, while others hire designers each year to change the label. Labels may include images of works by Picasso, Chagall and other artists, and these may be collectible wines. The elegance of the label does not determine the quality of the wine, but helps the customer's choice. Most consumers prefer to buy wine with varietal labels. A study of wine drinkers in the United States found that they perceive the labels with castles on them as suffocating or old-fashioned. Producers often try to make the selection and purchase of wine easy and non-threatening by making their labels playful and attractive.
Differences by country
Wine classification systems and wine labels vary by country. Wines can only be classified by regions and districts. For example, in Bordeaux there are 151 castles with "Figeac" and 22 mansions in Burgundy with "Corton" on their labels. In Spain and Portugal, the authenticity of the wine is guaranteed by printing on the label. German wine labels are especially famous for the details they can provide when determining the quality of wine.
Wines whose label does not indicate the name of the winery are called "pure leather wine". Information on the degree of sweetness is particularly inconsistent, with producers in some countries always indicating it in a standardized way in their own language (Brut, Dolce, etc.). In some cases of conflicting regulations, wine may be labeled by the producer as "sweet ', But also' semi-sweet '(according to a different law) is specifically mentioned in the local language translation on an additional label. For different types of wine The information contained in the labels is important for determining the quality of the wine. For example, the dates of the harvest are very important - the taste and quality of the wine can change from year to year. Knowing the harvest is much easier than the labels and is especially important when buying fine wines, as the quality of the wine can vary from year to year due to climatic differences.
The label with information about the bottling company and wine importers may include the producer, the bottling company and the names of the trader. The name of the bottling product must always be included on the label. The importer's name must be included in the label only for countries outside the Common Market.
Labels may include terms or areas of production. Vin de pays labels never include the word castle. Cru, a word used to classify wines, can mean different things. For example, in the Medoc part of Bordeaux, these terms mean that the castle is one of the classified growths in the regions. In Saint-Émilion, the term cru is of little importance, as it has little to do with quality. For Provence, the term cru classé is included only for historical reasons.
The only well-known winemaker in the world to print all its Braille labels is the Chapoutier winery in France, which began practicing such labels in 1996. Other wineries in a number of countries have followed Chapoutier's leadership and have braille on their labels for at least some of their more expensive bottles. Neck and back labels Throat and / or back labels may appear on a bottle. The neck label may include the date of harvest, and the label on the back usually provides additional (and usually optional) information about the wine. The warnings required by the government are usually on the back label, as is the UPC. For example, the United States requires alcoholic beverages to include labels warning of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
The label should also mention the possibility of reduced ability to drive while intoxicated. Wine labels in the United States must also reveal that the wine contains sulfites. Wine labeling regulations may aim to prevent wine from sounding better than it is. It is also illegal to say that wine is made from one grape when it is actually from another grape. The label must also include the name and address of the bottled wine. If the producer is not the bottling product, the bottle will be told that the wine is bottled from bottling substance X for the producer of Y. The label must include the country of origin. Font size is also adjustable for mandatory information. The alcohol content must be included on the wine label, and some jurisdictions also require brief nutrition information on the label, such as caloric content, carbohydrate content (sugar, etc.). In Australia and the United States, the wine label must also mention that there are sulphites in certain circumstances. Wine labeling regulations may allow table wines to be labeled only with color and taste, without any indication of quality.
Allergen warnings on wine labels.
The New Zealand and Australian labeling regulations require an allergen warning to appear on wine labels from 2002 due to the use of egg white, milk and sand glass in the finishing and clarification of wine. The United States is considering similar requirements for wine labels on its territory. Wine producers in the United States have resisted this requirement, as the decision to release wine into the finishing process usually occurs after ordering labels, which can lead to allergen warnings for wines that have not been exposed to allergens. Wine labels from EU Member States must also reveal after 30 June 2012 that the wine has been treated with casein and ovalbumin, obtained from milk and eggs, respectively, used as fine agents in wine production. Paper wine labels are over 90% of wine labels.