Minimum Must Weight (Oechsle): approx. 70° Potential Alcohol (% by vol.): 8.8
Usually light wines made of fully ripe grapes. Intended to be a light quaffing wine or to go with light food. Generally light in alcohol and calories. Can be dry, medium-dry or sweet. These light wines have about 2 to 5% less alcohol than Californian wines but they are no less tasty.
-Late Harvest -
Minimum Must Weight (Oechsle): approx. 80° Potential Alcohol (% by vol.): 10
It literally means late harvest. Wines of superior quality made from grapes harvested after the normal harvest. These wines are more intense in flavor and concentration than quality wines and Kabinetts. Good with richer food or by themselves. The later harvest lets the grapes dry and ripen on sunny autumn days, which increases the intensity of the fruit and the flavors. Can be dry, medium-dry or sweeter style. Good values.
Auslese-Select Picking -Minimum Must Weight (Oechsle): approx. 90° Potential Alcohol (% by vol.): 12Harvest of selected, very ripe bunches. Noble wines, intense in bouquet and taste. Often resembling dessert wines and sweet, but they can be dry, medium-dry or sweet. Dry Auslese wines are similar to Alsatian Grand Cru Rieslings.Beerenauslese (BA)-Berries Select Picking -Minimum Must Weight (Oechsle): approx. 120° Potential Alcohol (% by vol.): 16.4Harvest of individually selected, overripe berries. Remarkably rich, sweet dessert wines to be enjoyed by themselves or with dessert.Eiswein-Ice Wine -Minimum Must Weight (Oechsle): approx. 120° Potential Alcohol (% by vol.): 16.4Wines of at least BA intensity, made from grapes harvested and pressed while frozen. Truly unique wines with a remarkable concentration of fruity acidity and sweetness.Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA)-Dry Berries Select Picking -Minimum Must Weight (Oechsle): approx. 150° Potential Alcohol (% by vol.): 19Harvest of individually selected berries that are overripe and dried up on the vine almost to raisins. Rich, sweet, luscious, honey-like wines.
TrockenThis indicates a dry wine without perceptible residual sweetness. It never contains more than 9 grams of residual sugar per liter and often less. It is very dry.HalbtrockenThese wines are semi-dry and may have not more than 18 grams of residual sugar per liter. With this barely perceptible sweetness, halbtrocken wines are considered "dry" by most wine lovers.ClassicThese wines are easy to recognize. The labels bear the Classic logo next to the name of a traditional grape variety. The name of the producer and wine-growing regions are also mentioned, but vineyard names have been deliberately omitted.SelectionSelection wines must meet additional quality criteria: grapes must originate from an individual vineyard site (it is named on the label) and be harvested by hand; yields are lower than prescribed by law; first release is September 1st of the year following the harvest. Because all Classic and Selection wines are harmoniously dry in style, the terms "trocken" (dry) and "halbtrocken" (off-dry) are superfluous.Gutswein, Ortswein, Erste Lage & Grosse LageThe VDP.CLASSIFICATION is based on an in-house statute of Germanys Prädikat wine estates, in which the quality of a wine is defined according to terroir, i.e., origin and quality are inherently linked. For the Prädikat wine-growers, the vineyard site is the decisive mark of quality.The goal of the VDP.CLASSIFICATION is to assess the quality potential of Germanys very best vineyard sites; secure the future of Germanys unique viticultural landscape; restore esteem for Germanys outstanding dry wines; and underscore the traditional connotation of the Prädikats as attributes reserved for wines with natural, ripe sweetness.
GUTSWEIN - Good from the ground upGUTSWEINE are good, entry-level wines in the VDP's hierarchy that inherently links wine quality with origin.The wines originate from an estate's holdings within a region, and they meet the stringent standards prescribed by the VDP.ORTSWEIN - Sourced from superior soilsORTSWEINE originate from a village's best vineyards that are planted with grape varieties typical of their region.A dry VDP.ORTSWEIN is labeled "Qualitätswein trocken".A VDP.ORTSWEIN with natural ripe sweetness is labeled with one of the traditional Prädikats.Maximum yield is at 75hl/ha.VDP.ERSTE LAGE - First class siteVDP.ERSTE LAGE designates first-class vineyards with distinctive characteristics. They provide optimal growing conditions, as evidenced over a long period of time.They are planted with traditional varieties, as determined by each region.A dry wine from a VDP.ERSTE LAGE is labeled "Qualitätswein trocken". A wine with natural, ripe sweetness from a VDP.ERSTE LAGE is labeled with one of the traditional Prädikats: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein or Trockenbeerenauslese.Maximum yield is at 60hl/ha. The grapes have to be harvested by hand while the sugar content has to be at least at Spätlese level. The VDP.ERSTE LAGE wines are presented on the 1st May.VDP.GROSSE LAGE - Top Class ClassVDP.GROSSE LAGE designates the very best vineyards of Germany, within which the finest parcels have been narrowly demarcated. With their site-specific characteristics, these wines are particularly expressive and have exceptional aging potential.They are planted with traditional varieties best suited to a particular site, as determined by each region.A dry wine from a VDP.GROSSE LAGE is designated VDP.GROSSES GEWÄCHS and labeled "Qualitätswein trocken". A wine with natural, ripe sweetness from a VDP.GROSSE LAGE is labeled with one of the traditional Prädikats: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein or Trockenbeerenauslese.Maximum yield is at 50hl/ha. The grapes have to be harvested by hand while the sugar content has to be at least at Spätlese level. The sweet VDP.GROSSE LAGE wines are presented on the 1st may. The white VDP.GROSSE GEWÄCHSE are presented on the 1st September, the red VDP.GROSSE GEWÄCHSE one year later.
2 - The testing center, where the wine was approved606 - The village in which the producer is located319 - The code number for the producer011 - The producer's application number07 - The year in which the producer filed the application