The leaders of the 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership signed the trade deal last month

The leaders of the 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership signed the trade deal last month

The member-nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have released detailed regulatory standards for wines and spirits that have been written into the trade deal.

Following the successful conclusion of negotiations last month, the wine and spirits guidance is contained within an annex that was issued late last week. It includes voluntary and some mandatory rules for the 12 signatory countries: the US, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Vietnam, Malaysia, Chile, Brunei, Singapore and Peru.

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Among the mandatory rules is the commitment from each TPP government to publish domestic wine and spirit laws and regulations, thereby boosting trade transparency.

Also, the required disclosure of an oenological practice on a wine label or container is forbidden, “except to meet a legitimate human health or safety objective…”. Another rule states that wines labelled as icewine must be made “exclusively from grapes naturally frozen on the vine”.

On the voluntary side, the guidance says governments may insist that labels are clear, specific, truthful, accurate, legible, firmly affixed and not misleading.

For the full annex, click here and visit pages 17-21.