A term used in Germany and Austria for geographically defined wine-growing areas for the purpose of determining the origin of a wine. These are (especially in Germany) mostly very large wine-growing areas that can cover several hundred to over a thousand hectares.
After the growing region and the area, the third largest wine-growing unit, which (mostly) consists of several individual vineyards. The areas mostly consist of several large vineyards. In Germany, a total of 164 Großlagen are registered, the average size is 600 hectares, the largest comprise up to 1,800 hectares of vineyards. This designation was created by the 1971 wine law to give larger producers the opportunity to market their wines, which are produced in large quantities, under a uniform name. Confusingly, the Großlagen were often named after a single vineyard. The Großlage is therefore controversial because it is difficult for consumers to tell whether it is a single or Großlage. Critics even speak of consumer deception. The major vineyards are indicated with the growing regions, such as Petersberg in the Siebengebirge area ( Mittelrhein growing region).
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