In German-speaking countries, a common designation for wines of a certain origin. These can be larger areas such as a growing area or wine-growing region, but also smaller areas such as a wine-growing community. Such wines are also produced by producer associations or winegrowers' cooperatives according to self-imposed quality criteria. This explicitly emphasises the origin and may also be documented in the name. Examples are Baden Selection in Germany and Fahnenschwinger in Austria. Under the Austrian DAC system, an area wine is the second origin-related quality level between Riedenwein and Ortswein. See also under branded wine and quality system.
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