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wine classification, Germany (and Austria)


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Tafelwein (Deutscher tafelwein is of German origin; wine labelled simply as tafelwein may be of mixed origin);

Landwein (dry or half-dry wines from one of fifteen designated areas); Qualitäwein bestimmer Anbaugebeite, QbA (from eleven designated areas and approved grape varieties; sugar may be added to increase sweetness; each bottle carries a batch number (Amtlicher Prüfungsnummer, AP), as proof that it complies with QbA status); Qualitäwein mit Präkat, QmP, with six quality gradings based on the level of natural sugar at harvest (extra sugar may not be added): kabinett, light, fruity, and delicate, usually dry; späese, late-picked grapes, dry to sweet; auslese, selected late-picked grapes, rich and sweet; beerenauslese, late-picked grapes affected by noble rot, always sweet; trockenbeerenauslese, late-picked grapes that have dried to raisins on the vine, strong and sweet; eiswein, rare, made from grapes that have frozen on the vine, very sweet.

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