Monday, March 12, 2018

News: BC Wine Institute responds to CFIA Blended in Canada Wine Labelling update

March 12, 2018 - From a BCWI Media Release

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) today announced the approval of new wine label designations to replace “Cellared in Canada”, effective immediately.

Replacing the current label designation “Cellared in Canada from imported and/or domestic wines” is “international blend from imported and domestic wines”, for imported wines. For domestically-produced wines, the new term is “international blend from domestic and imported wines”.

British Columbia Wine Institute’s (BCWI) Board of Directors’ request to the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) for a review of the “Cellared in Canada” Interim Order contributed to the CVA-led industry-wide consultation in October 2016, and CFIA’s consultation with the public and industry in June 2017.

BCWI supports the update of labelling for BC-produced blended wine. Truth-in-labelling and authenticity certification are cornerstones to our BC VQA Wine program. A wine label tells consumers what they are buying and what they are drinking. It is important the label accurately identifies the origin of the wine.

To view the new CFIA labelling requirements for wine, click here
For FAQs on the new designation, click here
For the full report of CFIA’s consultation, click here
For the CVA news release, click here


Miles Prodan
President / CEO

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