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Country wine

Designation for a wine of the second quality level after the first quality wine. Due to the EU wine market regulation valid from August 2009, the country wine now corresponds to the category "wine g.g.A." (wine with protected geographical indication) after the first category "wine PDO" (wine with protected designation of origin = quality wine). However, these new designations have been prohibited in Austria in order 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 as "traditional indications" in both countries and are still valid. See in detail under quality system.

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