Consultation on proposed changes to UK Wine Legislation

Closed 29 Sep 2021

Opened 9 Sep 2021

Results updated 25 Nov 2021

We received 15 responses to this consultation. Following the consultation, Defra will take forward legislative changes to: 

  • Remove the requirement for VI-1 certificates for wine imported into Great Britain 
  • Change the Food (Lot Markings) Regulations 1996 to accept lot marks from EU members, provided they meet certain standards 
  • Change the Wine Regulations 2011 and the Food Information Regulations 2014 to give EU producers time to adjust to the new GB labelling and production rules. The transition period will be in effect for two years, from 1 May 2021 – 1 May 2023, or until stocks last from the 1 January 2022

The government aims for the changes to take effect on 1 January 2022, subject to parliamentary approval. 

Read the Summary of responses and government response.



This consultation seeks your views on three issues.

First, on the Government’s proposals to remove the requirement for wine imported to Great Britain to be accompanied by a VI-1 certificate.

Second, on proposed changes to the Food (Lot Marking) Regulations 1996 to ensure the UK complies with obligations under the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement.

Third, on providing a transitional period to allow the EU industry time to adjust to new UK wine labelling rules.

On all three issues, we believe that these measures are either strongly beneficial for the UK or are necessary technical provisions to implement the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU. We are seeking views on these proposals and the mechanisms to implement these changes. 


  • Food Industry


  • Wine industry