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Wine law term for special wine qualities in Germany and Austria, as well as in France - see below Sélection de grains classy, See also under selection,


In Germany New quality designation introduced in all growing areas from the 2001 vintage. The quality concept is from DWV (German Wine Association), the DWI (German Wine Institute), the regional wine advertisements and all important national associations. According to DWI managing director Armin Göring at the time, this should be a valuable decision-making aid for buying wine: The term Selection on the label guarantees the wine lover dry wines of typical regional varieties of excellent quality . We mean premium German wines that dry counterpart noble sweetselect represent. These are supposed to be the top products of a winery of selected vineyards with officially registered plots his. The typical and classic grape varieties of the growing regions were defined by the respective federal states.

In almost all federal states, this is especially the case Riesling, Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) and Pinot Noir ( Pinot Noir ), but also a number of other varieties. With the prescribed manual harvest, the yield is limited to 60 hl / ha. On enrich of grape must for the purpose of alcohol increase is permitted, the natural alcohol content must be 12.2% vol. The Residual sugar content the wine must be below 9 g / l, only at acid-stressed Riesling up to 12 g / l residual sugar is possible. Selection wines must meet the quality requirements “Elegance and varietal Flavors ”as part of a separate sensory Prove the test before it goes on sale on September 1 of the year following the harvest.

This provision was abolished in 2018. One from the country Rheinland-Pfalz The evaluation carried out had made it clear that the use of the name Selection no longer had any significant economic significance. Only six producers used the name for wines that were produced on 3.65 ha. While Selection remains a nationally protected term, it is not a traditional term protected for Germany under EU law and can therefore be released in Germany in future (apart from trademark law aspects) be used. In contrast, the quality mark "Rheinhessen Selection", which is in § 7 of the Regional Ordinance Rheinhessen (State law) finds its legal basis, continues to be well received.


The quality designation Selection may only be used for one quality wine With Vintage indication used (for Prädikatswein types this is not permitted). The alcohol content must be at least 13% vol. The wine must be made from recommended grape varieties with the best recognizable properties varietal Idiosyncrasy and ancestry have been generated. at White wine may submit to obtain the State test number not before March 15th, at red wine not before November 1st of the year following the harvest. Incidentally, these provisions also apply to the designations Premium and reserve,

The designation Grande Selection (but not the Large Selection) is permissible for long maturation. The submission to obtain the State test number may not take place before November 1st of the year following the harvest for white wine, or before May 1st of the second year after the harvest after red wine. Incidentally, these provisions also apply to the designation Grande Reserve,

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