In the sense of the word "a brand or distillate of wine". However, this has become common usage as a name for each distillation recovered alcoholic product with higher alcohol content enforced. And even if the starting product is not wine, but for example, fruit or fruits or too flavored Distillates were. This abusive and confusing use of the name was followed in 1989 by the EEC Regulation 1576/89 as follows:
Brandy is one spirit Made exclusively by distillation to less than 86% by volume of wine or wine fortified wine or by re-distillation of a wine distillate to less than 86% vol. It must be at least 125 g / hl purer 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 adapt the colour may only caramel be added. In this form brandy is a ready to drink product, but is also used as a basis for the preparation of brandy used. The difference is that Weinbrand additionally has to mature for some time in a wooden barrel.
On the other hand is fire a name for a spirit drink exclusively by alcoholic fermentation and distillation of a fresh fleshy fruit or of the fresh must of this fruit, berries or vegetables. 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,