The Agency aims to ensure that EU wine regulations are enforced in the UK. It also maintains the UK Vineyards Register.

Our enforcement responsibilities apply to all premises and traders within the production and marketing chain, including wholesalers, warehouses and vineyards. Retail premises come under the control of Local Authorities Trading Standards, as do licensing law requirements.

The UK Vineyards Register records the area covered by vineyards and the annual harvest and production returns from growers and producers.

Our objectives

  • to encourage growers and traders to comply with laws on wine by offering advice and education
  • to carry out a programme of inspections, using risk analysis to deliver a targeted and cost-effective and service
  • to identify breaches of the law and gather evidence for legal action in serious cases
  • to work closely with other regulatory bodies

Contact us

Please contact Graham Finch for further information:

Food Standards Agency
Wine Standards
Foss House
Kings Pool
Peasholme Green
York YO1 7PR

Tel: 01732 824661

More in this section

  • A guide to wine law

    Background to the wine regulations applicable in the UK, a brief guidance on the key aspects of the law and guidance on the other laws relating to the wine trade.

  • Contact information for wine standards

    How our inspectors are organised and how to contact them.

  • United Kingdom Vineyard Register

    Wine Standards is responsible for the Vineyard Register in the United Kingdom, which records details of all vineyards known to its Inspectors.

  • Wine imports

    Guidance on importing wine

  • Wine labelling guidance

    Guidance for importers, wholesalers and winemakers on wine labelling. This includes labelling wine produced in the UK, European Union (EU) and non-EU countries (also known as 'third countries'), allergen labelling and the display of bottler's details.

  • Wine standards FAQs

    Find out more about wine standards. For more detailed questions please contact your regional inspector.

  • Wine standards forms

    Wine standards forms, declaration forms and notification forms.

  • Wine standards guidance

    On this page you will find links to wine related guidance notes.

  • Wine warehouse documentary checks

    Details of checks carried out by inspectors during visits to wine premises.