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Official test number

Official test number Mandatory sensory and analytical testing for quality wines or. Pädikatsweine in Germany (for the two quality levels Wine and country wine this is not necessary). As proof of the passed examination, the official test number will be awarded label must be mentioned. From this test site, manufacturer and year can be traced beyond doubt. The wine may not be changed from the beginning of the application until the end of the procedure and from the date of issue. However, this prohibition remains unaffected by necessary provisions for the usual wine care. These include that sulphurize, an addition of ascorbic acid and metatartaric as well as the filtration (not, however beautiful ).

analytical and sensory testing

The analytical test includes by standardized methods alcohol content (available, 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 examination is carried out by officially appointed professional inspector. In advance, sensory preconditions are rated YES or NO, with a single NO meaning exclusion. these are growing region, Predicate (if specified), vine (if indicated), colour. clarity and beading at sparkling wine and Perlwein,

Then, according to a five-point scheme, the three criteria odor. taste and harmony rated. Harmony is the interaction of smell and taste to understand, their rating may differ from the two by a maximum of 1.0 points upwards. If smell and taste are valued differently, the higher number of points counts as a yardstick. For all three criteria at least 1.5 points each can be achieved. 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 slightly different in the states. With only one test center, this number may be missing. In small growing areas also missing the location marking. A concrete example with test number 4 318 063 10 94:

  • Testing center: 4 = Alzey (1 = Koblenz, 2 = Wittlich, 3 = Trier, 5 = Neustadt, 6 and 7 = Bad Kreuznach)
  • Registered office of the applicant: 318 = Stein-Bockenheim (can also be 2 digits)
  • producer or bottler : 063 = winery Steitz (a winery can have several)
  • certified wine: 10 = the 10th wine (can also be 3 digits)
  • Year of the test (not vintage ): 94 = 1994

Additional information

In Austria becomes with a very similar procedure the State test number forgive. Complete listings of the numerous vinification measures and cellar techniques, as well as the various wine-regulated wine, sparkling wine and distillate types are under the keyword winemaking contain. Comprehensive information on wine law is available under the keyword wine law,

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