The bulk wine export controls were amended on 1 March 2015 to no longer require the facility packaging the wine at the export destination to demonstrate compliance with a quality management standard, such as ISO 22000.
If, however, an offshore packaging facility is demonstrated not to have met the standards expected by the Australian wine community, Wine Australia retains the power to prevent further shipments to that facility.
Reasons for suspending shipments to a bulk wine packaging facility could include the following:
- use of non-permitted additives.
- wine labelled with a vintage, variety or regional description to which it is not entitled.
- identification through chemical analysis of a major fault or hazard in the wine.
Loading and transportation
Bulk wine shipments are subject to loading and transportation specifications. The exporter is responsible for ensuring all requirements of the Bulk wine loading, unloading and transportation procedure are adhered to. Wine Australia Auditors have the power to audit the loading and dispatch process, including the required records and retention samples, in order to ensure compliance with the procedure.
Following receipt of bulk wine, and prior to packaging, a limited number of processing steps are generally performed. These are:
- Adjustment of Sulphur Dioxide
- Adjustment of dissolved oxygen or carbon dioxide
If, however, processing other than the steps outlined above, is to be performed prior to bottling, Wine Australia must be notified.