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Official test number

Official test number Mandatory sensory and analytical testing for quality wines respectively. Pädikatsweine in Germany (for the two quality levels Wine and country wine this is not necessary). The official test number issued on label must be mentioned. From this, the inspection body, manufacturer and year of birth can be traced back without a doubt. The wine may not be changed from the beginning of the application until the end of the procedure and from the time of the grant. This ban, however, does not affect the necessary precautions for normal wine care. That includes that sulphurize, an addition of ascorbic acid and metatartaric as well as the filtration (not however beautiful ).

analytical and sensory testing

The analytical testing by means of standardized procedures alcohol content (present, total), sugar-free extract. residual sugar. total acidity, free sulphurous acid, total sulphurous acid (free and bound), relativ density, such as carbon dioxide pressure at sparkling wine and Perlwein, The sensory testing is carried out by officially appointed professional examiners. In advance, sensory preconditions are rated YES or NO, with a single NO signifying exclusion. these are growing region, Predicate (if specified), vine (if specified), colour. clarity and beading at sparkling wine and Perlwein,

Then the three criteria are based on a five-point scheme odor. taste and harmony rated. Harmony is understood to mean the interaction of smell and taste; their rating may deviate from the two by a maximum of 1.0 points. If smell and taste are rated differently, the higher number of points is the yardstick. At least 1.5 points can be achieved for all three criteria. The sum divided by three gives the quality number, which must also be at least 1.50:

  • 5 - from 4.50 to 5.00 - excellent
  • 4 - from 3.50 to 4.49 - very good
  • 3 - from 2.50 to 3.49 - good
  • 2 - from 1.50 to 2.49 - satisfactory
  • 1 - from 0.50 to 1.49 - unsatisfactory = no quality wine
  • 0 - no evaluation, exclusion of the product

Test number

The numbers are somewhat different in the federal states. If there is only one inspection body, this number may be missing. In the case of small cultivation areas, location labeling is also missing. A concrete example with test number 4 318 063 10 94:

  • Test center: 4 = Alzey (1 = Koblenz, 2 = Wittlich, 3 = Trier, 5 = Neustadt, 6 and 7 = Bad Kreuznach)
  • Applicant's place of business: 318 = Stein-Bockenheim (can also be 2 digits)
  • producer or bottler : 063 = winery Steitz (one winery can have several)
  • Wine tested: 10 = the 10th wine (can also be 3 digits)
  • Year of examination (not vintage ): 94 = 1994

Additional information

In Austria is using a very similar process State test number forgive. Complete lists of the numerous vinification measures or cellar techniques, as well as the various types of wine, sparkling wine and distillate regulated by wine law are under the keyword winemaking contain. There is extensive wine law information under the keyword wine law,

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