Regulatory information

Maintaining market access or opening markets for Australian wine is facilitated by managing and reducing current and potential barriers to trade. Working closely with Wine Australia and the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, the AWRI helpdesk provides free-of-charge information advice drawn from a repository of readily accessible, accurate scientific and technical information, and recommendations on the making and selling of wine, both nationally and internationally.

A range of online self-help online tools are also available to assist winemakers and exporters:

Standards and legislations

Standards that are relevant to grape and wine production can be found at the following links:

Contact the AWRI Helpdesk – helpdesk@awri.com.au, 08 8313 6600 during business hours.

Wine standards

The Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) was reformatted during 2016. To help grape growers and winemakers navigate changes to the formatting, the following links are provided to those sections of the Code most relevant to grape growing and winemaking.

PART 1.2 Labelling and other information requirements

Standard 1.2.1 – Requirements to have labels or otherwise provide information
Standard 1.2.2 – Information requirements – food identification
Standard 1.2.3 – Information requirements – warning statements, advisory statements and declarations
Standard 1.2.4 – Information requirements – statement of ingredients
Standard 1.2.5 – Information requirements – date marking of food for sale
Standard 1.2.6 – Information requirements – directions for use and storage
Standard 1.2.7 – Nutrition, health and related claims
Standard 1.2.8 – Nutrition information requirements
Standard 1.2.10 – Information requirements – characterising ingredients and components of food
Standard 1.2.11 – Information requirements – country of origin labelling requirements
Standard 1.2.12 – Transitional standard for dietary fibre nutrition content claims

PART 1.3 Substances added to or present in food

Standard 1.3.1 – Food additives
Standard 1.3.2 – Vitamins and minerals
Standard 1.3.3 – Processing aids

PART 1.4 Contaminants and residues

Standard 1.4.1 – Contaminants and natural toxicants
Standard 1.4.2 – Agvet chemicals [applies in Australia only]
Standard 1.4.4 – Prohibited and restricted plants and fungi

PART 1.6 Microbiological limits and processing requirements

Standard 1.6.1 – Microbiological limits in food
Standard 1.6.2 – Processing requirements for meat [applies in Australia only]

PART 4.5

Standard 4.5.1 – Wine production requirements

Schedules

Schedule 1 – RDIs and ESADDIs
Schedule 2 – Units of measurement
Schedule 3 – Identity and purity
Schedule 4 – Nutrition, health and related claims
Schedule 5 – Nutrient profiling scoring method
Schedule 6 – Required elements of a systematic review
Schedule 7 – Food additive class names (for statement of ingredients)
Schedule 8 – Food additive names and code numbers (for statement of ingredients)
Schedule 9 – Mandatory advisory statements Schedule as at 1 September 2016 (pdf 225kb)
Schedule 10 – Generic names of ingredients and conditions for their use
Schedule 11 – Calculation of values for nutrition information panel
Schedule 12 – Nutrition information panels
Schedule 13 – Nutrition information required for food in small packages
Schedule 14 – Technological purposes performed by substances used as food additives
Schedule 15 – Substances that may be used as food additives
Schedule 16 – Types of substances that may be used as food additives
Schedule 17 – Vitamins and minerals
Schedule 18 – Processing aids
Schedule 19 – Maximum levels of contaminants and natural toxicants
Schedule 20 – Maximum residue limits [applies in Australia only]
Schedule 21 – Extraneous residue limits [applies in Australia only]
Schedule 22 – Foods and classes of foods
Schedule 23 – Prohibited plants and fungi
Schedule 24 – Restricted plants and fungi
Schedule 25 – Permitted novel foods
Schedule 26 – Food produced using gene technology
Schedule 27 – Microbiological limits for foods
Schedule 28 – Formulated caffeinated beverages
Schedule 29 – Special purpose foods