The World Wine Trade Group
The World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) is a group of government and industry representatives from the wine-producing countries of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Georgia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, and Uruguay. Founded in 1998, the Group aims to facilitate international trade in wine through information sharing, discussion of regulatory issues in wine markets, and joint actions for the removal of trade barriers. The WWTG has negotiated three agreements and one MOU that promote international wine trade.
The Group is guided by principles that facilitate trade in wine and protect consumers, benefiting both wine exporting and importing countries. The WWTG recognizes the unique characteristics of each regulatory system and works towards the mutual acceptance of practices and labelling rather than imposing a single regulatory approach.
The WWTG also provides an invaluable platform for sharing intelligence and coordinating positions regarding obstacles to trade. Usual issue topics include: trends in wine production, consumption and trade; developments in wine regulation and labelling, intellectual property and sustainability issues; changing viti-vinicultural practices; bilateral and regional trade negotiations; and wine issues in multilateral fora such as the Codex Alimentarius, OIV, and the WTO.
The Agreement on Mutual Acceptance of Oenological Practices was signed on December 18, 2001 in Toronto, Canada and entered into force on December 1, 2002.
2007 - Agreement on Requirements for Wine Labeling
The Agreement on Requirements for Wine Labeling was signed on January 23, 2007 in Canberra, Australia.
The Industry Section of the World Wine Trade Group is an informal association of national representatives of the wine industry that is interested in participating in networking and information sharing to provide better access to international wine markets. This group aims to create the opportunities for its industries to achieve growth in the wine markets and to increase responsible wine consumption.