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natural

In the past, this was the usual term for a quality of wine whose grape must could not be enriched with dry sweeteners such as sugar in order to increase the alcohol content. As an alternative, instead of "naturally pure", Cabinet was also allowed to appear on the label. Such wines were also called Kreszenz. The terms "Cabinet", "Kreszenz" and "naturrein" or word combinations with these are no longer permitted under German and Austrian wine law and have been replaced by the Prädikat wine designations such as Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese etc. (where enrichment is also not permitted). (where enrichment is also not permitted). Is there a natural wine without any additives or adjuvants? Hardly any question is so often answered incorrectly or most consumers do not realise that there is no wine that can be vinified completely without additives or adjuvants. Such a wine would at least be impaired in terms of colour or taste or, in the worst case, would spoil and become undrinkable in a short time. Of course, there are wines for which attempts are made to greatly reduce the use, but certain agents in winemaking are indispensable. However, certain agents/substances are clearly prohibited and are considered to be wine adulterants. For certain substances there are maximum limits; see ADI (Acceptable Daily Intake). See also the section on natural wine.

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