Wine Labeling Rules

May 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm 1 comment

This article in the Miami Herald provides an excellent introduction to how wine terms are regulated:

As the article points out, many people think words such as Proprietors Blend, Barrel Fermented, Bottle Aged, Old Vine, Vineyard, and Reserve mean something or other – and they’re right, they do mean something, but there are no rules on what they should mean.

New proposed regulations by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau would tighten up some of these definitions.

Interesting tidbit: the word Estate Bottled is regulated and can only be used if certain conditions are met. But the word Estate is unregulated and can mean anything the winemaker wants it to.


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  • 1. Jeremy Gilbert  |  August 4, 2011 at 6:38 am

    When talking about wine label, you will find that this contains important information that you need about the wine inside the bottle. The things that should be written on the label are regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). The regulations and rules of the wine label will ensure that the wine is exactly what it is written on the label.

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