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classification (GB)
classification, classement (F)
clasificación (ES)
classificazione (I)
classificação (PO)
A classification into different quality classes for wine existed already in the antiquity, This refers on the one hand to the product (wine), but also to the winegrowing areas and the producers. It was recognized very early that besides the work of the winemaker also the ground and environmental conditions have a major impact on wine quality. Especially in France you have that terroir or the ancestry always weighted high and in the system of origin Appellation d'Origine Protégée Are defined. Related to this are the French classification systems; see below Bordeaux Classification and Burgundy classification

But even in Germany, official classifications of vineyards and vineyards were carried out in Bavaria and Prussia in the 19th century. The best known is the Prussian layer classification from the years 1868 and 1897. These were adopted as the basis for the 2006 VDP classification model used. Within the EU, a new wine market regime was adopted in 2009, introducing a unified, quality-of-origin class-based wine quality system for all Member States (see in this regard quality system ).

See topic group also under awards and wine review, Complete lists of classification systems are under Grand Cru (Wines) and vineyards (Layers) included.

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