What needs to be on a wine bottle's labels? Plenty, it turns out. Here's a quick look at some of the information that must be included on a bottle of VQA wine in Canada, according to the British Columbia VQA and VQA Ontario, which help to regulate quality amongst Canadian wines.
(VQA refers to the 1999 Vintners Quality Alliance Act, which was created to "designate Viticultural Areas, regional appellations and sub-appellations, as well as to evaluate eligible wines," according to the Canadian Vintners Association.)
1. The name of whoever made the wine. That is, the winery. Not the winemaker, unless it's the same thing.
2. The vintage, aka the year that the grapes (at least 85 per cent) were grown
3. Varietal name. In other words, the name of the grape that makes up the majority (at least 85 per cent) of the wine in the bottle. For example, Riesling, or Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.
4. VQA appellation of origin (where the grapes were grown within Canada).
5. The alcohol content (the percentage by volume.)
6. The country of origin. In other words, Canada, if it's a VQA wine.
7. The name and address of the winery.