Australian wine labels are very specific in terms of the information provided. Like their counterparts in other New World wine countries, the wines are not classified according to quality, making the labels easier to understand. Below is a typical Australian wine label. For comprehensive information on Australian wine regions and their wines, see Australia.
The mandatory information on Australian wine labels is:
Another important labeling law in Australia revolves around the regional classification of wine-producing areas, known as 'Geographical Indications' or 'GIs'. Its aim is both to indicate the wine's origin and protect a region's name. Wines carrying a GI name must comply with the 85% rule, i.e. if a label shows a single vintage, grape variety or region, the wine must match by 85%.
The GI system is classified as follows:
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