With regard to the labelling that will apply from December 2023, with which information on ingredients and nutritional information will become obligatory, there is confusion about the group of sparkling wines. While it is clearly regulated for still wines that wines produced from 8 December onwards will have to display this information to consumers, a precise definition for sparkling wines is missing. Producers are waiting for clarification from the European Commission on when a wine is considered "made": whether before, during or after the first or second fermentation. The European Commission's addendum also did not specify whether the production date of a sparkling wine should be that of the base wine, bottling or disgorgement.
If there is no timely determination, it is up to the individual member states to determine what exactly is a "wine produced". However, this would lead to legal uncertainty in the common market. The French Competition, Consumer Protection and Anti-Fraud Authority has already announced that it will "pragmatically monitor the proper application of the rules, especially with regard to wines 'made' from blends of wines produced before and after 08.12.2023.
A precise guideline is expected by the end of the year.
(al / source: vitisphere)