In the sense of the word "a brand or distillate from wine". However, this has become a common name for everyone distillation obtained alcoholic product with higher alcohol content enforced. Even if the starting product is not wine, but, for example, fruit or fruits or flavored Were distillates. Due to this abusive and confusing use of the name, the following stipulation was made in 1989 by EEC Regulation 1576/89:
Brandy is one spirit made exclusively by distillation to less than 86% vol. of wine or fortified wine or by redistilling one wine distillate is less than 86% vol. It must be at least 125 g / hl pure alcohol of volatile constituents and may not exceed 200 g / hl r. A. on methanol exhibit. The minimum alcohol content is 37.5% vol. The addition of alcohol of any form or flavoring is not permitted. To adjust the colour may only caramel be added. In this form, brandy is a ready-to-drink product, but is also used as the basis for the preparation of brandy used. The difference is that brandy must also mature in wooden barrels for some time.
However, is fire a name for a spirit that is made exclusively by alcoholic fermentation and distillation of a fresh meaty fruit or the fresh must of this fruit, berries or vegetables. 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,