Quality control testing
Quality Control Testing
Germany’s top wines are not "born" as such because they come from certain locations or wineries. There are no names or vineyard locations that have the privilege of producing top-quality wines once and for all. Rather, it is specifically about the proven quality in the glass. Every winemaker has to prove themself anew with every vintage and wine.
Since 1971, every quality wine has been chemically analyzed and sensory-tested by the official body. The subsequent official test number, which the test committee awards upon passing the wine, must be noted on the label. The three-stage quality inspection system thus ensures a minimum quality within the individual quality categories. In addition to checking the bottled wine, the harvest book and the cellar book are also audited. In these two books, among other things, the harvest quantities, the grape varieties and must weights as well as the purchases and sales are noted. For chemical analysis, the products are examined in an officially approved wine laboratory. Above all, the essential ingredients and additives and their respective limit values are checked here.
After the wine has been certified that it is free of chemical and physical faults, three sample bottles are submitted for official sensory testing. According to a 5-point scheme, the wines are then tasted by an independent commission made up of representatives from the wine industry, viticulture research, sales sectors, consumers and wine controllers. The sensory test thus ensures a taste quality standard and largely prevents wines with optical or taste faults from entering the market.
Awards that help guide consumers
In addition to the legally required test, the German Agricultural Society (DLG) and other organizations or associations offer quality labels that can help consumers choose their wines. These awards identify wines with above-average quality. However, these different competitions all have one thing in common: The wines are blind tested by an independent commission in order to ensure the highest possible objectivity.