Exporting wine

Exporting wine overseas for the first time can seem very complicated, but the staff of Commercial Services can assist in making the process as easy as possible.

When the AWRI issues export certificates you can be confident your wine complies with the strict requirements of overseas markets. Certificates are delivered reliably and quickly whether they are for sweet or dry wine, still or sparkling, bulk or packaged. Our experienced Customer Service team can advise you on the certificates required. Please contact us for further information, or if you require assistance.

General information about exports

Every wine leaving Australia as part of a consignment of more than 100 litres requires approval from Wine Australia. Commercial Services can supply the analytical requirements for exporting. When exporting wine to a country without a standardised certificate contact Commercial Services for assistance. Our Customer Service team will be happy to work through your specific export with you to help make the process as simple as possible. For information regarding ‘ Product Registration through the Wine Australia Licensing and Approval System (WALAS)’, labels or any other export documentation, please contact Wine Australia.

Telephone: +61 8 8228 2000
Facsimile: +61 8 8228 2066
E-mail: exports@wineaustralia.com
Website: http://www.wineaustralia.com

Useful information

Analyses for Export

The analysis required for the ‘Product Registration through the Wine Export Approval System’ is referred to as a ‘Certificate of Analysis’. To obtain a ‘Certificate of Analysis’ for export approval, which is required for all international destinations when exporting over 100 litres, please send 2 x 750 mL bottles of each wine to Commercial Services with a completed purchase order.

Some countries, such as Brazil, Japan and Europe, require additional export certificates. These certificates are required for your wine to be permitted access to the specified country and have specific analysis requirements. The analysis for these export certificates can be performed by Commercial Services.

Export to Europe

Wines destined for Europe require a VI1 certificate of analysis in addition to the compulsory Export Approval components which are included in our Certificate of Analysis. There are two different types of VI1 certificates; packaged and bulk. The analytical requirements differ for each certificate.


Please be aware that your client/importer can sometimes request analyses outside of the standard analytical requirements for that certificate. Please ensure you request any additional tests not included in the standard certificate on the purchase order or contact Customer Service to discuss on 08 8313 6600 or email commercialservices@awri.com.au.

Analytical requirements for export certificates

This table shows the different analysis required for various export certificates.
*Calculation using other analytical results

Certificate of Analysis(C of A)
(Continuing Approval Application)
VI1 (packaged) VI1 (bulk) Japanese Taiwanese Brazil Certificate
Alcohol Alcohol Alcohol Alcohol Total SO2 Alcohol
Glucose/Fructose Total SO2 Citric Glucose/Fructose Total Sugar Content
SG TA 7.0 Total SO2 Sorbic Reduced Dry Extract*
Free/total SO2 TA 7.0 SG TA mEq*
TA 8.2 Total Alc* Free/total SO2 VA mEq*
VA TDE* TA 8.2 Methanol
pH VA TDE* Sulfate
(as K2SO4)
VA mEq* VA Bottle Pressure
(Sparkling only)

Export Certificate Pricing

Prices per analysis
Certificate type Per sample (excluding GST) Volume required Target response time
Certificate of Analysis (C of A) $63 2 x 750 mL 24-48 hrs
Certificate of Analysis (C of A) Reference analysis $169.05
VI1 Packaged wines $47.25
VI1–bulk wines $136.50
Japanese export certificate $94.50
Taiwanese certificate $14.70
Taiwanese certificate (Aspiration SO2) $21
Prices per sample (excluding GST)
Brazil Certificates 1 – 4 samples 5 – 9 samples 10+ samples
Brazil certificate
(dry wine)
$421 $350 $340
Brazil certificate
(sweet wine)
$457 $386 $376
Brazil certificate
(sparkling wine)
$469 $398 $388
Volume required
Target response time
2 x 750 mL
15 working days


It is often more cost effective to obtain certificates for more than one destination at the same time as many of the certificates have analyses in common.

Prices per analysis
Multiple export certificates Per sample (excluding GST) Volume required Target response time
VI1—packaged + Japanese export certificate $105 2 x 750 mL 24-48 hrs
VI1—packaged + Certificate of Analysis $78.75
VI1—packaged + Certificate of Analysis
(Reference analysis)
VI1—packaged + VI1 bulk $173.25
VI1—bulk + Japanese export certificate $204.75
VI1—bulk + Certificate of Analysis $183.75
VI1—bulk + VI1—packaged + C of A $210
Japanese + Certificate of Analysis $136.50
Japanese + C of A + VI1—packaged $152.50
Japanese + C of A + VI1—bulk $246.75

Export upgrades

From time to time, it may be necessary to upgrade your export certificate to include another export destination. Commercial Services offers export upgrades for this purpose, which may prevent the expense of re-analysing the wine. One of the reasons we request two bottles when we are analysing your wine for export certificates, is to allow us to retain a holdback sample. This sample is kept for approximately 6 months, which means extra analysis can be performed immediately without the lengthy delays associated with re-submitting samples.

Prices per sample (excluding GST)
Export upgrades Per sample (excluding GST)
Upgrade to Certificate of Analysis $52.50
Upgrade to Certificate of Analysis (Reference analysis) $58.50
Upgrade to VI1 packaged $42
Upgrade to VI1 bulk $126
Upgrade to Japanese $84
Upgrade to Brazil POA

Repeat/re-issue certificates

Commercial Services can re-issue certificates for an export wine from the original analysis. Repeat certificates are available from $31.50 per wine (excluding GST). Please contact Customer Service to obtain a personalised quote if you require a large number of repeat certificates. Please email the upgrade / repeat request form to Customer Service at commercialservices@awri.com.au or fax to 08 8313 6621.