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The Legal Definition of Wine is Changing!

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The Legal Definition of Wine is Changing!

The UK is set to alter its legal definition of wine. It’s come about as a result of the recent popularity of low-alcohol and no-alcohol versions.

The UK has long used rules inherited from the EU to categorise wine, with an ABV of at least 8.5% to be legally labelled as ‘wine’. This is why you’ll see labels for ‘wine-based drink’ or novelty spelling such as ‘wyne’!

What’s going to change?

The UK government has announced from next year that the ABV will be lowered to 0% for all wines in England.

Why make the change?

The change is hoped to assist winemaking in the UK. Food and Drink Minister Mark Spencer said, the change, along with the relaxation of outdated rules on bottle shape, and mandatory packaging requirements will help boost “investment, growth and jobs” within the industry. Making the introduction of more efficient, sustainable and innovative practices possible, without the current red-tape.

…and the consumer?

The British wine industry seems to have welcomed the planned change, but it’s clear that labelling with complete clarity will be crucial if consumers are not to feel misled when making a purchase.

Support for your own 2024 changes…

If you work within the legal sector and have your own changes planned for next year, remember that you have support and assistance waiting here in the wings. We have a team of professional and friendly staff waiting to be trained on your business. They’ll act as though members of your own extended team; answering your incoming calls, dealing with enquiries, managing your diary and assisting with admin. There’s no break in our service for holidays, lunch breaks or sickness, just a reliable service when you need it, without any of the demands of having your own support staff.

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