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What must be included on a wine label?

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2020 | FDA Food & Drug Law |

Wine is a beverage enjoyed by many New Jersey residents. Individuals many have their favorite varieties and prefer wines from different locations around the world. When they go to their local shops to pick up bottles of wine, they may serve the labels to find just what they want and need.

A wine label holds a wealth of information about the product inside the bottle. Under the law, there is specific information that must be contained on wine labels so that consumers are both informed of what they are getting and knowledgeable about the risks associated with wine consumption. This post will briefly discuss what must be included on wine labels but no part of this blog should be read as legal advice.

Required information for wine labels

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau regulate what information must be included on the wine bottle labels. Particularly, wine brand labels must include the following data:

  • The brand name of the wine
  • The percentage of foreign wine used, if any
  • The appellation of origin, if required
  • The class designation of wine

Other wine bottle labels must include the wine’s alcohol content, health warnings, name and address, and other vital data.

Getting approval for a new wine label

Winemakers and individuals in the wine industry have an interest in creating distinctive products that stand out among heavy competition on retail shelves and coolers. A lot can be done with a wine label, as long as it conforms to the rules of labeling established by the law. Individuals who have questions about wine labeling and the many product labeling laws that accompany releasing a new product can contact their trusted attorneys for information and guidance. Not all business law attorneys work in this specific area of the law and readers can seek out those legal representatives who handle complex food, wine and beverage law matters.