Quality standards

Wines of Germany are not only qualified by their origin. They must also prove their quality in the glass with each new vintage.

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 categories creates the legal equivalence of corresponding designations of quality. The main differences lie in the determination and definition of quality.


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