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How to read the label of a Wine?

The presentation of wine

The label on a bottle of wine, whether red or white, sparkling or rosé, is always, but always, your business card, so maybe producers and their companies take great care in what we can perfectly.

In fact, it has to correspond directly to the objective outlined by the person in charge, and it does not fit in anyone's head, for example, to put a graphically careless label on a bottle of a large reserve, or vice versa to place an extraordinarily worked label on an ordinary one. table wine.

It seems to me that the first thing to keep in a label will be its graphic image in a direct correspondence to the category of wine in question.

To inform

The second function of the label is to inform about the contents of the bottle and it must be very clear:

  • The brand - which must be duly registered and authorized by the competent bodies
  • The name - the wine can have a name associated, for example, with a brand
  • The region the region where the wine is produced
  • The category of the region that is, whether it is a controlled appellation of origin, a regional wine or even without any indication in the case of table wines.
  • Year of production - particularly important in the case of whites, since the more recent the better, in the case of red wines we can evaluate the acquisition of younger wines, or less.
  • Producer - the person responsible for the production of the wine, either individually or in partnership
  • Country of Origin

And here are the main information contained in a wine label.

The story, however, does not end here, because we must also look at the back labels, which are equally important for clarifying consumers and for complying with the law.

Information that must appear on a back label

Generally, the back-label contains other types of information, which can, of course, repeat some of the constant on the label. So, there we find:

  • A description of the region from which the wine originated,used grape varieties, and sometimes a taste of it. This information is often repeated in several languages, that of the country, English, or any other if the wine is intended for export to other markets.
  • Identification of the producing company, or producer- with its tax address, sometimes followed by the website.
  • Product of Portugal - mandatory by Portuguese Laws
  • Indication of the alcoholic volume of wine (this information can be found on the label)
  • Batch to which the wine belongs
  • Bottle capacity (this information can be found on the label)
  • Bar code
  • Seal of the regional wine commissionduly numbered and exclusive for each production region, and according to the category for which the wine was certified: D.O.C, or regional
  • Green dot symbol

With all this clarification available between label and back label, the consumer is perfectly qualified to make the choices of his wines according to his wishes and preferences.

Good wine shopping!

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