German Wine Classification System

On a German wine label you will likely come across a few terms of the official classification system, which we will explain to you on this page. There is also the VDP classification system, used by wineries of this association. 


Some key points to note are:


•Grape quality is driven by their ripeness

•Riper grapes = more sugar and/or more Alcohol in the wine

•The ripeness of the grape has an influence on the possible style of a wine (sweet or dry)

•Rule of thumb: Alc % < 10%  = wine taste likely sweet; Alc % >11% = wine tastes likely dry

•QbA + QmP wines account for 95% of all German wines


Sweetness Indicators

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