Wine glossary

Quality wine
Definition:the Austrian category for quality wine

Quality Wine (Qualitätswein) is a highly regulated Austrian wine category. According to Austrian wine legislation, the following criteria must be adhered to: the grapes must originate from a wine-growing region, the minimum must weight required is at least 15°KMW, the maximum yield is restricted to 9,000kg of grapes or 6,750 litres of wine, the alcohol content must attain at least 9% by volume, the quality wine (Qualitätswein) must be sent for chemical analysis and pass a sensory tasting commission. Austrian quality wines are easily recognisable by their red-white-red control slip banderoles on the capsule, as well as the State control number on the wine label. Within the quality wine structure, the category of Kabinett plays a special role, as additional requirements have to be fulfilled. The EU defines "Quality Wine Produced in Specified Regions" and "Wines with Protected Geographical Indication". Prime examples of these wines within this category are the Austrian DAC wines.