Wine without geographical indication
The term "Wein"/"wine" replaces the formerly used term “Tafelwein/table wine”. "Wein"/"wine" may be offered on the market when the following conditions are met:
- No more detailed indication of origin is permissible, other than solely “Austria”, “Austrian wine” (and similar; cf. “Vin de France”), or “Wine from multiple countries of the European Union”.
- For wines of this sort, grape varieties with a Protected Designation of Origin or geographical indication (for example, Blaufränkisch or Weissburgunder) are excluded. All other Qualitätswein grape varieties are permitted. The Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management can define by decree other grape varieties that also may be used for the production of wine without Protected Designation of Origin or geographical indication, with grape variety or vintage designation.
- Must weight: minimum 10.7 °KMW (51 °Ö), minimum alcohol content 8.5% by volume
- The wine must, where applicable, present the characteristics typical to its designation, with regard to grape variety and vintage.
- Total acid content, figured as tartaric acid, must meet a level of 4 g/l.
- In Austria, vintage and varietal designations are only permissible when the maximum yield per hectare for Landwein or Qualitätswein are observed (6,750 l/ha or 9,000 kg grapes/ha)
- The wine must be free of defects in appearance, smell and flavour.
- Further designations permitted are “Bergwein” (from hillside vineyards with more than 26% slope), and “Heuriger” (in bottles – the vintage must be indicated).
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