Types of Wine Packaging and Storage Standards
Wine is one of those beverages that needs proper packaging and storage to keep the integrity of its quality and flavour. For this reason the Australian authorities provide a number of wine packaging and storage standards for you to follow to ensure ideal results with each batch of this delectable beverage. We share a sampling of these standards in the following facts to offer you an illustration of what we are talking about here.
Examples of Packaging Specifications
- Wine Supply and Filling – In bulk wine, dissolved oxygen or DO should be no higher than 0.5 ppm per tank. You should sparge to reduce levels whenever necessary. In addition, you need to keep the total package oxygen or TPO as low as humanly possible since an excess of oxygen can cause premature aging in wine. All packaging must be sterilised before you place the wine in it.
- Wine Bottle Closures – Closures for wine bottles include natural corks, sparkling wine corks, synthetic closures and technical corks and the standards for their use vary to such a great degree that you need to refer here for further facts to ensure you understand all the details.
- Roll-On Tamper Evident Closures – One important element of these closures is their liners. You must discuss their level of wadding with your suppliers since scratches or defects in the liners can result in unwanted leakage and oxidation.
- Labels – Labels should be kept to a height of 5 mm at the bottom and the top of the panel to avoid any puckering during the application process. Artwork is acceptable upon meeting legal and text requirements. The label adhesive should not bleed through the label stock or backing material, and also should be resistant to moisture.
Storage Requirements for Wine
Your wine storage area should be dry and clean. The products should contain clear labels to identify their flavour and present aging status. Before shipping, you need to ensure that the wine is at the proper quality for consumption. All client complaints and concerns about the final wine product must be addressed as quickly as possible. Periodically, you need to mark and remove damaged products from the storage area. On top of all of this, you need to be certain that your storage area is of adequate size for the quantity of wine that you will be storing in it to prevent overcrowding or premature deterioration.
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