Taste & Quality


Taste & Quality

Wine should taste good and be flawless in terms of quality. Unfortunately, as we've all experienced at one time or another, this is not always the case.

The ultimate taste and quality of a wine are influenced by a complex network of factors, starting with quality-oriented vineyard measures to produce ripe, healthy grapes. The natural sugar content of a grape's juice – or, must weight – is one measure of ripeness. Both the timing of the harvest and a wine's potential alcohol ­ and hence, potentital quality classification - are directly (but not solely) related to must weights.

Prior to market release, all quality wines are required to undergo quality control testing, including a blind tasting by a neutral panel of experts. A wine's taste and quality are also "put to the test" every time it is entered into a competition. German wine labels not only indicate a wine's quality classification and specified region of origin - additional information about taste and quality may be mentioned, provided that certain criteria have been met.

Crystals in wine: how do they affect taste and quality? One word, two meanings: what is the difference between a "dry" still and a "dry" sparkling wine?
For answers to these questions and to learn more about the factors that affect the taste and quality of a wine, click on one of the subjects listed below.

Noble sweet wines

When the main grape harvest in the German wine-growing regions has ended successfully, one can observe that in certain locations individual vineyards have not yet been harvested. They have not been forgotten by the winemaker, rather they are waiting to become noble sweet delicacies. read more

The Aroma Wheel

The complete aroma experience can be described well with the help of the wine aroma wheel. Everyone can enjoy wine, but hardly anyone is trained to put their perceptions into words.   read more

The right glass for every wine

Aromas in wine can sometimes be shy. They often only reveal a hint of their complexity as they dance delicately and expressively in front of our nose and tickle our palate. Without the right glass, important wine aromas remain undetected or get lost between the glass and palate. read more

Crystals in wine

Tartrate crystals in wine, known as "Weinstein" in German, are neither harmful nor a sign of poor quality, rather they are a feature of fine wine  read more

Ice wine - a winemaker's gamble

In some years, precious rarities reward winemakers' willingness to take risks. When winemakers play such poker, the stakes are high. It's about grapes that stay on the vine longer than usual and wait for temperatures of at least -7 ° C.  read more

Wine storage without a cellar

What is the best way to store wine? And when do you enjoy which wine?  read more

Wine tasting at home

It's fun, it's easy to do, and you learn something from it, either with a group or just another friend. What do you need or need to know? Less than you think ... enjoy with all your senses and have fun. read more

Specialty & Regional wines

In addition to various types of wine whose names derive from their color and/or method of production, the wine law also permits a number of specialty and regional wines. read more

Corks and other Closures

For wine lovers the cork is still seen as the epitome of wine culture. However, the cork as a traditional closure is getting increasing competition. read more


The label

A wine label is more or less the calling card of a wine. It gives the consumer a wealth of information that's important when making a purchase: vintage, grape variety, origin, quality category, type and style of wine, alcohol content, name of the producer and the quality control test number. read more

Levels of Sweetness in Wine

Dry is not always dry. It depends whether you are referring to still wine or sparkling wine. Different amounts of residual sugar apply to their respective taste specifications. read more

Sparkling wine (Sekt)

The wine law defines parameters to express the degree of dryness or sweetness in sparkling wine. This differs from the four basic styles stipulated for still wines. read more

Selection - top quality dry wines

Carefully selected top-quality wines – this is indicated to the wine connoisseur by the term "Selection". The yields are strictly limited, the taste is always dry.

Classic - has class, tastes classy

Since the vintage 2000, the term ‘Classic’ has stood for above-average quality wines that taste harmoniously dry and can be combined with many dishes.