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Importing and exporting wine

England and Wales

Guidance on the measures you must take in order to import and export wine legally into or from the UK.

Last updated: 4 January 2022

Government guidance can be found online in relation to wine exports and in relation to wine importation and labelling. This guidance sets out the rules for wine importers, exporters, producers, retailers and distributors.

The UK removed VI-1 certification for all wine imports as of 1 January 2022.

Full guidance on UK export requirements and certification can be found at the GOV.UK website link above.


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a digital guide - Food and drink businesses: working with the EU. It covers the key actions food and drink businesses may need to take after the end of the transition period.

The guide will host the most up to date guidance for wine producers and traders, with changes and additions made as further information is confirmed.

Any additional enquires relating to the EU VI-1 process should be directed to Defra at