Welcome to the official website for the Industry Section of the WWTG - an informal grouping of industry representatives from wine producing countries around the world. Our Vision is for "a successful, competitive and growing global wine industry, characterized by social responsibility, sustainability and focus on consumer interests, operating in a climate free of trade-distorting factors." Please use this website to learn more about WWTG's government/private sector initiatives, industry news and our other efforts promoting free and responsible international trade in wine.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New WTO Notification: G/SPS/N/TPKM/289

Category: Contaminants (pesticides, metals etc.)
Notification Date: 6/18/2013
Final Comment Date: 8/17/2013
Documents Link: http://1.usa.gov/16KECSe

Draft Amendment to The Hygiene Standards for Alcohol Products Containers The draft amendment to part of this appendix of Article 5 includes the additional requirements on the phthalates contents and phthalates migration of plastics and the total phthalates content of polyvinylchloride (PVC) material.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

New WTO Notification: 297/Add.1

Category: Labelling
Notification Date: 6/12/2013
Final Comment Date: 1/1/2001
Documents Link: http://1.usa.gov/11QWlli

United States of America Notification USA/297/Add.1: Modification of Mandatory Label Information for Wine
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Friday, June 7, 2013

TTB: Modification of Mandatory Label Information for Wine

Title: Modification of Mandatory Label Information for Wine
Publication Date:05 June, 2013
Link:http://1.usa.gov/ZPCclp

Washington, D.C. — On June 10, 2013, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in the Federal Register amending its regulations regarding the mandatory labeling requirements for wine. The regulatory change permits alcohol content to appear on other labels affixed to the container rather than requiring it to appear on the brand label. This regulatory change provides greater flexibility in wine labeling and will conform the TTB wine labeling regulations to the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) Agreement on Requirements for Wine Labeling. This final rule will be effective on August 9, 2013.

As described in the final rule, TTB also has determined that a new certificate of label approval (COLA) is not required if the only change made to the labels appearing on a previously issued COLA is the moving of the alcohol content information to a label other than the brand label. To view the complete rulemaking record regarding this regulatory amendment, including the proposed rule (Notice No. 74), the public comments received in response to the proposed rule, and the final rule (T.D. TTB–114) once it is published, see Docket No. TTB–2007–0065 at the “Regulations.gov”.