Wine Label Information Australian Wine Labels

Australian Wine Label Information

Australian wine labels?are very specific in terms of the information provided. Like their counterparts in other New World wine countries, the wines are not classified according to quality, making the labels easier to understand. Below is a typical Australian wine label. For comprehensive information on Australian wine regions and their wines, see?Australia.

Australian Wine Label

The mandatory information on Australian wine labels is:

  • Grape variety or wine style
  • Alcohol content
  • Net bottle content or volume
  • Quantity of standard drinks
  • Name and address of producer
  • Country of origin
  • Allergens, if applicable.

Another important labeling law in Australia revolves around the regional classification of wine-producing areas, known as 'Geographical Indications' or 'GIs'. Its aim is both to indicate the wine's origin and protect a region's name. Wines carrying a GI name must comply with the 85% rule, i.e. if a label shows a single vintage, grape variety or region, the wine must match by 85%.

The GI system is classified as follows:

  • State:?Wines produced within a state.
  • Zone:?Wines from areas comprising one or more regions within a state.
  • Region:?An area within a zone.
  • Sub-region:?A designated area within a region.
  • South Eastern Australia:?Refers to the largest GI, comprising mainly South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

See also wine label information for the?European Union,?France,?Spain,?Germany,?Italy?and the?USA.