Quality standards

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Quality Standards

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.


Protected Designations of Origin

Germany protects the origin of its wines. These include the 13 wine-growing regions and the 26 rural wine regions. read more

New German Wine Law

The German quality wine system is to be further developed into one that is based on the geographical origin of a wine. It follows the principle "the smaller the origin, the higher the quality", with "German wine" on the base, then narrowing up to single vineyard wine at the top. read more
 

The VDP Classification model

The VDP model is based on a private law statute for approx. 200 elite German wine estates. It defines the quality of a wine according to "terroir", read more

Quality control testing

Germany’s top wines are not "born" as such because they come from certain locations or wineries. Rather, it is specifically about the proven quality in the glass. Every winemaker has to prove themself anew with every vintage and wine.   read more

Must weights

The amount of sugar that has developed in the grapes' juice, or must, is an important indication of ripeness. read more

Quality categories

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