O. Reg. 191/12: RULES OF VINTNERS QUALITY ALLIANCE ONTARIO RELATING TO TERMS FOR VQA WINE

Link to law: http://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r12191
Published: 2012-06-29

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ontario regulation 191/12

made under the

Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999

Made: June 20, 2012
Approved: June 20, 2012
Filed: June 29, 2012
Published on e-Laws: June 29, 2012
Printed in The Ontario Gazette: July 14, 2012


Amending O. Reg. 406/00

(RULES OF VINTNERS QUALITY ALLIANCE ONTARIO RELATING TO TERMS FOR VQA WINE)

1. (1) The definition of “domicile” in section 1 of Ontario Regulation 406/00 is amended by striking out “commercial bottling” at the end and substituting “commercial packaging”.

(2) The definition of “finish” in section 1 of the Regulation is amended by striking out “bottling” at the end and substituting “packaging”.

(3) The definition of “label” in section 1 of the Regulation is amended by striking out “on a bottle or container of wine” and substituting “on a container of wine”.

(4) The definition of “principal display panel” in section 1 of the Regulation is amended by striking out “label on a bottle or container of wine” and substituting “label on a container of wine”.

2. Clause 3 (1) (g) of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(g) the wine is packaged in accordance with section 5; and

3. (1) Paragraph 2 of subsection 4 (1.1) of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

2. If the container holds wine made in whole or in part from wine of the 2010 vintage year or any subsequent vintage year,

i. if the VQA logo appears on the container, the geographical indication shall appear in a type size that is at least 2.0 millimetres high on containers of wine with net contents of at least 375 millilitres, and in a type size that is at least 1.0 millimetres high on containers of wine with net contents less than 375 millilitres, and

ii. if the VQA logo does not appear on the container, the geographical indication shall appear on the principal display panel in a type size that is at least 3.2 millimetres high.

(2) Subsection 4 (1.2) of the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(1.2) If the VQA logo appears on a container, it shall appear in accordance with the standards set out in the “VQA Medallion Graphic Standards Manual” published by Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario and dated June, 2012.

4. The heading before section 5 and section 5 of the Regulation are revoked and the following substituted:

Packaging

5. A manufacturer of wine shall ensure that an approved wine is packaged in accordance with the following rules:

1. Subject to paragraphs 2 and 3, the wine shall be packaged for final sale to the consumer in a glass bottle.

2. The wine may be in a polyethylene terephthalate (PET), aluminium, stainless steel or multi-layer container that preserves the quality of the wine for the expected shelf life of the container if,

i. the only geographical indication on the container is the provincial indication, and

ii. the date on which the container was filled appears on the container.

3. The wine may be packaged for sale to wholesalers in any type of container up to a maximum volume of 20 litres if the purpose of the packaging is for resale in smaller servings.

4. The packaging shall comply with the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (Canada).

5. The wine shall be packaged in accordance with good manufacturing practices.

6. All containers of wine shall be closed with a tamper evident seal that preserves the quality of the wine for the shelf life of the container.

7. A manufacturer shall make reasonable efforts to monitor the shelf life of its wines to ensure that their quality is maintained up to the point of sale.

8. The terms “estate bottled” and “fermented in this bottle” and any other term relating to bottling shall only be used on a label in respect of a wine that is packaged in a glass bottle.

5. (1) Table 2 to the Regulation is amended by striking out “bottle” in the heading in Column 4 and substituting “container”.

(2) Table 2 to the Regulation is amended by striking out “bottled” in Column 2 opposite the subheading “1. Ontario” under the heading “VQA — Provincial Designation — VQA” and substituting “packaged”.

(3) Table 2 to the Regulation is amended by striking out “VQA Logo” wherever it appears in Column 4.

(4) Table 2 to the Regulation is amended by striking out “bottle” in Column 2 opposite the subheading “13. Sparkling Wine” under the heading “Wine Categories” and substituting “a container”.

(5) Table 2 to the Regulation is amended by striking out “bottle” in Column 2 opposite the subheading “17.1 Effervescent Wine” under the heading “Wine Categories” and substituting “a container”.

6. The Table to paragraph 1 of Appendix C to the Regulation is amended by adding the following Item:

 


Prime Name


Synonyms




Sauvignon Blanc


 




Commencement

7. This Regulation comes into force on the later of July 1, 2012 and the day it is filed.

Made by:

Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario:

Ken Douglas

Chair

Brian Schmidt

Vice-Chair

Date made: June 20, 2012.

I approve this Regulation.

Margarett R. Best

Minister of Consumer Services

Date approved: June 20, 2012.