Designation for higher quality wines that have to meet specific minimum legal requirements in each country. This is the highest quality level within the EU. In general, the underlying level is the country wine, In many wine-producing countries there is a multi-level quality wine scheme (see Grand Cru ). For the EU member states there are given quality wine tests, which are carried out by independent official bodies. In the case of a positive result / decision in Germany the Official test number and in Austria the State test number forgive.
The EU market organization, which became effective in August 2009, introduced a system with new wine names in the member countries. In Germany and Austria correspond to quality wine and Prädikatswein the highest quality level Wine PDO (wine with protected indication of origin). This new name was banned in Austria to avoid consumer confusion. In Germany, the use was prohibited until the end of 2011. The old terms Qualitätswein and Prädikatswein have been preserved in both countries as "traditional claims" and remain valid. See detailed below quality system,
All aids, works and measures in the vineyard can be found under Weingarten Care, 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,