Glossary

The language of wine contains a wealth of meanings that are not all too familiar, particularly the technical interpretations. The glossary describes and offers an explanation to the most common terms.

DAC
Districtus Austriae Controllatus, regionally typical designation

DAC stands for ”Districtus Austriae Controllatus”. It literally means “protected Austrian declaration of origin”- The DAC is a designation for regionally typical Austrian quality wines, where the region itself, rather than the variety, is more significant. There are currently 13 DAC-designated regions acknowledged by the Ministry of Agriculture. The Weinviertel started off run of DAC-regions in 2003 with its regionally typical Grüner Veltliner. It has been followed by Mittelburgenland DAC (Blaufränkisch), Traisental DAC (Grüner Veltliner and Riesling), Kremstal DAC (Grüner Veltliner and Riesling), Kamptal DAC (Grüner Veltliner and Riesling), Leithaberg DAC (white and red), as well as Eisenberg DAC (Blaufränkisch), Neusiedlersee DAC (Zweigelt) and Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC, Rosalia DAC (Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt) as well as Vulkanland Steiermark DAC, Südsteiermark DAC and Weststeiermark DAC (Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc, Morillon, Grauburgunder, Riesling, Gelber Muskateller, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer as well as cuvées from them, Blauer Wildbacher (as Schilcher) only in Weststeiermark).

    deacidification
    correcting or reducing the level of acidity

    In the case of unripe grapes, the must can contain searing acidity levels that will affect the balance of the wine. The process of deacidification is possible using either one the following methods; simple deacidification with calcium carbonate (chalk), double salt deacidification, fine deacidification (for tartrate crystals) as well as the malolactic fermentation.

    decanter
    carafe

    wine is decanted into a carafe

    decanting basket

    To ease the process of decanting, or to avoid touching the bottle, a decanting basket is often used.

    declaration of origin

    Declaration of geographical origin of a wine or grapes, from which a wine is produced. The EU differentiates between wines without geographical indication (Wein), wines with Protected Geographical Indication (Landwein) and wine with Protected Designation of Origin (Qualitätswein). In Austria, wines with PDO that display characteristics of their origin, are entrenched in the DAC philosophy, see DAC.

    deep

    A sensory term for a complex wine with persistence in aroma and taste.

    deep colour (of white wine)
    intensive colour

    Tasting description for the colour of white wine, and refers to very mature or old wine, or wines that are susceptible to oxidation. Old wines can also have this colour as a result of too little sulphur.

    degorge
    removal of the lees

    Sparkling wine-making operation used to remove the lees in the traditional method.

    degustation
    wine tasting

    The qualified analysis and evaluation of the wine based on the sensoric observation, and judging the eye, nose and mouth of a wine, and often giving a score or tastng note.

    delicate
    subtle

    A wine that displays soft and delicate aromas is often described as so.

    depth

    A sensory term for a complex wine with persistence in aroma and taste.

    dessert wine
    wine with praedicate

    A designated wine category in Austrian wine law. The grapes must fulfil strict requirement and are classified according to their must weight. Spätlese has for example a minimum must weight of 19° KMW, Auslese (21° KMW), Strohwein (grapes dried on straw mats) Eiswein (ice wine) and Beerenauslese all require 25° KMW. The Ausbruch and Trockenbeerenauslese require at least 30° KMW. The residual sugar of these wines may only derive from the fermentation time, either by deliberatley arresting fermentation or through its natural end, and by no means may the wine be sweetened by Süssreserve (grape must).

    destem

    The destemming is the removal of the grapes from their stems or stalks prior to pressing.

    destemmed
    grapes that have been separated from the stems or stalks

    The term refers to grapes that have been separated from the stems or stalks.

    destemmer
    piece of equipment used to remove the grape from its stem

    often combined with a crusher

    destemming
    removing the grape berry from the stalk or stem

    destemming is the removal of the stems or stalks prior to pressing

    destemming

    Destemming is the removal of the stems or stalks prior to pressing or crushing.

    developed
    mature

    A wine tasting term that refers to a mature wine that is developed, or at its best.

    developed aromas

    The tasting term for (over) developed aromas in a maturing wine. See also petrol, tired, and tertiary aromas.

    development
    maturity

    This term refers to the maturation process of the wine, from the winery as well as its continued development in the bottle.