Designation for wines of a higher quality class, which have to meet certain minimum legal requirements specific to each country. This is the highest quality level within the EU. As a rule, the level below is the country wine, In many wine-producing countries there is a multi-level quality wine scheme (see under Grand Cru ). For the EU member countries there are predetermined quality wine tests that are carried out by independent official bodies. If the result / decision is positive, the Official test number and in Austria the State test number forgive.
As a result of the EU market order, which came into force in August 2009, an origin-oriented system with new wine names was introduced in the member countries. In Germany and Austria correspond to quality wine and Prädikatswein the highest quality wine PDO (Wine with a protected indication of origin). This new name was banned in Austria in order to avoid consumer confusion. Use in Germany was prohibited until the end of 2011. The old terms "quality wine" and "predicate wine" have been retained as "traditional information" in both countries and are still valid. See in detail under quality system,
All tools, work and measures in the vineyard can be found at Weingarten Care, 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,