We are responsible for ensuring European Union wine regulations are enforced in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We maintain the UK Vineyards Register.
Our enforcement responsibilities apply to all premises and traders within the production and marketing chain, including wholesalers, warehouses and vineyards. Retail premises come under the control of Local Authorities Trading Standards, as do licensing law requirements.
The UK Vineyards Register records the area covered by vineyards and the annual harvest and production returns from growers and producers.
to encourage growers and traders to comply with laws on wine by offering advice and education
to carry out a programme of inspections, using risk analysis to deliver a targeted and cost-effective and service
to identify breaches of the law and gather evidence for legal action in serious cases
Guidance for importers, wholesalers and winemakers on wine labelling. This includes labelling wine produced in the UK, European Union (EU) and non-EU countries (also known as 'third countries'), allergen labelling and the display of bottler's details.