Subjective quality results from the sum of sensory impressions, their subjective evaluation as well as the personal appreciation that is given to the wine. The legal (objective) dimension of quality, however, is based on generally binding standards. It is measurable and verifiable.
The legal concept of quality is laid down in the Wine Law and its associated regulations. The European Union's Wine Law forms the framework and, in certain cases, transfers authority to the wine-producing countries of the EU.
Therefore, wine law has similarities, but also national differences within the EU.
The division of the EU vineyard area into wine-growing zones takes account of the different climatic conditions for production and thus ensures a certain level of equal opportunity. The classification into quality grades creates the legal equivalence of corresponding designations of quality. The main differences lie in the determination and definition of quality.
Among the most important legally required declarations on a label is a wine's quality category. The German wine law makes far more distinctions than other wine-growing countries. read more