Wine law and regulations

Wine Law New regulations in German wine law

On 27 January 2021, the 10th Act amending the Wine Act came into force. The amended law provides the framework for stronger profiling of the origin of German wines. Further details are regulated by the amendment to the Wine Ordinance, which was published in the Federal Law Gazette Part I No. 20 of 7 May 2021. The new regulations are binding from the 2026 vintage, until which time quality and Prädikat wines can still be labelled and marketed in accordance with the previously applicable regulations.

New pyramids of origin

With the new wine legislation, a more differentiated pyramid of origin was created based on the previous quality pyramid. The "German wine" forms the basis of this pyramid, followed by the regional wines with a protected geographical indication (PGI) and the quality and predicate wines above it with a protected designation of origin (PDO).