Wine allergen portal

Although allergies to wine are extremely rare, certain countries including Australia include allergen warnings on the label of wines and wine products.

If you have any concerns regarding wine being a potential cause of an allergic reaction, further information can be sought from the following websites:

Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Food allergens – information for consumers

For wine producers, further information can be sought from the following websites:

Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Warning and Advisory Declarations
Conducting a food recall
Review of the regulatory management of food allergens

In addition for wine producers, the European Union recently amended Regulation (EC) No 607/2009 such that from 1 July 2012 winemakers are required to label wine for the presence of milk and egg products. The decision follows the expiry of the previous derogation exempting wines put on the EU market or labelled before 30 June 2012 from such requirements. The labelling requirement applies only to finished products in which milk and egg proteins can be detected in accordance with methods of analysis recommended by the International Wine Organisation (OIV). If milk or egg products have been used and the wine has not tested negative for the presence of residues using a technique with a detection limit of 0.25 mg/l then the presence of residues must be indicated. The Australian government and Wine Australia have issued a fact sheet in relation to the new requirements which also provides a summary of the exemptions. The fact sheet and further information can be sought from the Wine Australia website.

European Food Safety Authority

Australian Wine Research Institute
Allergen Residue Testing

Publications on allergens, allergic reactions and wine can also be searched and sourced from the John Fornachon Memorial Library and AWRI website: AWRI Library Services