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Adulteration of wine

Wine adulteration, or colloquially also Panchen, is understood to mean deliberate and intentional manipulation of the wine making process that violates wine legislation and is carried out with deceptive or fraudulent intent. In doing so, the aim is to "improve" the taste or texture by means of prohibited additives, thus falsely pretending to have a certain or better quality, to increase the quantities of high-quality wines by mixing them with simple, cheaply produced bulk wine or simply by adding water, and to market wines under prestigious names or vintages by means of false labelling, even using real labels and/or bottles.

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