Analytical requirements for the export of Australian wine

European Union

Quick Guide to Export Requirements

Export Region Wine Standards Minimum Specification Maximum Specification Continuing Approval Application Certificate of Origin Other Requirements
European Union Y Y Y Y Y VI1 Certificate


Analytical Parameter Minimum Maximum
Alcoholic strength at 20°C - Total  
Botrytis/Late harvest 20% v/v
red or white fortified 17.5% v/v 20% v/v
Alcoholic strength at 20°C - Actual  
Botrytis/Late Harvest 4.5%
red or white 4.5% v/v
fortified 15% v/v
sparkling 4.5% v/v
quality sparkling 9.0% v/v
Citric acid 1 g/L
Copper 1 mg/L
L-ascorbic acid 300 mg/L
Lead** 0.2 mg/kg
Metatartaric acid 100 mg/L
Ochratoxin A* 2 μg/L
Residual sugar - other wines  
dry# 4 g/L or 9 g/L<sup>#</sup>
medium dry 4 g/L 12 g/L or 18g/L*
medium sweet 12 g/L 45 g/L
sweet 45.1 g/L
Residual sugar sparkling wines - mandatory terms  
brut nature 3 g/L
extra brut 6 g/L
brut 15 g/L
extra dry 12 g/L 20 g/L
dry 17 g/L 35 g/L
medium dry 35 g/L 50 g/L
sweet 50.1 g/L
Tartaric acid (added) 4 g/L
Total acidity  
with GI 3.0 g/L
without GI 3.5 g/L
Total dry extract % v/v  
Percent v/v Extract g/L
0.00 - 13.0 90
13.0 - 15.0 130
15.0 - 18.0 130
18.0 - 22.0 330
Sulfur dioxide (total)  
red 150 mg/L or 200 mg/L
white and rose 200 mg/L or 250 mg/L
sparkling 235 mg/L
quality sparkling 185 mg/L
fortified (< 5 g/L sugar) 150 mg/L
fortified (> 5 g/L sugar) 200 mg/L
botrytis/late harvest and wines > 35 g/L residual sugar 300 mg/L
Volatile acidity Not applicable to fortified and sparkling  
white and rose 1.08 g/L
red 1.1 g/L
botrytis/late harvest 1.5 g/L

** Applies to products produced from the 2001 fruit harvest onwards. (Excludes liquor wine) *

* Applies to products produced from the 2005 harvest onwards. (Excludes liquor wine) *

# A limit of 9 g/L applies where the total acidity in g/L (as tartaric acid) does not fall more than 2 g/L below the residual sugar content

† The increase of 50 ppm is only permissible when wines have a residual sugar (expressed as inverted sugar) of not less than 5 g/L.

The following countries are members of the European Union:

Czech Republic
United Kingdom*

* These countries may, in some circumstances, have different specifications and require analyses over and above those required by the EU.


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Content last updated: December 2018