Formerly used in some German wine-growing regions (also called "Bleichart") for very pale or lightly pressed red wines, when rosé was still unknown. The term "Bleichart" is mentioned for example in the Mayschoßer treasure book in 1664. On the Ahr, especially on the Lower Rhine, "Ahrbleichter" was common. According to wine law, these designations may no longer be used. See in detail under Rosé.
Complete lists of the numerous vinification measures and cellar techniques, as well as the types of wine, sparkling wine and distillate regulated by wine law are included under the heading "Vinification". Comprehensive information on wine law can be found under the keyword wine law.