In Germany and Austria, valid designation for a special Prädikat wine (for exact regulations, see under the countries). Some legends about the "invention" of Spätlese are described under Spätlesereiter and Trockenbeerenauslese. Today, such wines are less associated with the fact of a late harvest (which would also be relatively difficult to control), but the only wine-legal criterion is a minimum must weight (sugar degrees in Oechsle or KMW), which requires fully ripe and thus sweet grapes. The date of the grape harvest therefore has no legal significance (any more), although it does of course have an influence on it (the later, the riper). A late vintage is often "lieblich" but can also be vinified dry.
Complete lists of the numerous vinification measures or cellar techniques, as well as the various types of wine, sparkling wine and distillate regulated by wine law, can be found under the heading Winemaking. Comprehensive information on wine law can be found under the heading Wine Law.