“Country of Origin” for Wine

A clear indication of the country of origin is required on all standardized wine products described in B.02.100 and B.02.102 to B.02.107 of the FDR. This declaration must be shown in English and French [B.01.012.(2), FDR] and must appear on the principal display panel [B.02.108, FDR].

For wines from the U.S., a statement such as “Blush Merlot of California” would fulfill the requirement for a country of origin declaration on the label of a wine as the requirements do not specify the wording of the country of origin statement; and it is unlikely that anyone would be misled regarding the origin of the product (knowing that California is part of the U.S.).

Wines which are blended in Canada from domestic and imported wines may list the countries in order of proportion or alternatively be labelled as:

  • “International blend from imported and domestic wines” or
  • “International blend from domestic and imported wines”

“Imported” is listed first when the imported wine makes up the largest proportion of the product. “Domestic” is listed first when the domestic wine makes up the largest proportion of the product.”



“The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) today announced the approval of new wine label designations to replace “Cellared in Canada”, effective immediately.

Replacing the current label designation “Cellared in Canada from imported and/or domestic wines” is “international blend from imported and domestic wines”, for imported wines. For domestically-produced wines, the new term is “international blend from domestic and imported wines”.

British Columbia Wine Institute’s (BCWI) Board of Directors’ request to the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) for a review of the “Cellared in Canada” Interim Order contributed to the CVA-led industry-wide consultation in October 2016, and CFIA’s consultation with the public and industry in June 2017.

BCWI supports the update of labelling for BC-produced blended wine. Truth-in-labelling and authenticity certification are cornerstones to our BC VQA Wine program. A wine label tells consumers what they are buying and what they are drinking. It is important the label accurately identifies the origin of the wine.”