Regulations applicable to all member states are documented in EU regulations. The currently most important in terms of wine law are 1601/1991, 834/2007 (see also under EU Organic Regulation ), 1234/2007, 479/2008, 555/2008, 436/2009, 605/2009, 606/2009, 1169/2011 and 1308/2013. In addition, there are around 20 other guidelines and ordinances that also at least partially concern wine law issues. This is almost confusing for the layperson, because amended regulations are announced by a separate regulation (with a new number). There is (unfortunately) no comprehensive EU legislation where you can find everything in one place for a certain topic. There are also many country-specific laws and exception regulations.
The standard work in Germany is the "Weinrecht" (Walhalla publishing house, Wilhelm Schevardo and Josef Koy), which in the edition published in December 2019 comprises 4,570 pages plus CD-ROM. It offers the wine law of the EU, the Federal Republic and the federal states. Another work is that of the German Wine Institute ( DWI ) published online platform " Weinrecht " (digital follow-up to the "Weinrecht Commentary" by Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg cook ). The standard work in Austria is the "Weingesetz" (Manz publishing house, Hannes Mraz and Hans Valentin), which comprises 816 pages in the 5th edition published in 2018. It offers a comprehensive presentation of the entire wine law including all regulations and EU regulations. There is also the electronic database RIS (legal information system), which contains, among other things, wine law issues.
The E-Bacchus database is available on the European Commission's website. This contains all the geographical indications protected in the EU ( PGI ) and designations of origin ( PDO ) of the member states (all wine-growing areas such as chablis. Moselle or Wachau ), the geographical indications and designations of origin of EU non-member states protected within the EU on the basis of bilateral trade agreements on wine between the EU and the EU non-member states (e.g. trade agreements with the United States ), as well as the traditional terms protected in the EU (e.g. Liebfraumilch or Mixed sentence ).
Exceptional regulations have been requested by almost all EU member states for many wine-related matters. In addition to traditional customs, the reasons for this are above all climatic Particularities. These are with the individual wine-producing countries cited. Further information on wine law is available above all at wine law, where at the end there is a list of other relevant keywords on the topic.