Designation for a wine of the second quality level after the first level quality wine. Due to the EU wine market regulation valid from August 2009, the local wine now corresponds to the category "wine PGI". (wine with protected geographical indication) after the first category "wine PDO" (wine with protected designation of origin = quality wine). However, these new designations were banned in Austria to avoid consumer confusion. In Germany, their use was prohibited until the end of 2011. The old terms Landwein, Qualitätswein and Prädikatswein have been retained in both countries as "traditional indications" and are still valid. See in detail under Quality System.
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