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Natural wine

Formerly common name for a wine that could not be enriched with sugar (to increase the alcohol content). An attribute used for this was also natural, but this was abolished in 1971 in connection with the German wine law. In 1972 the "Verband deutscher Naturweinversteigerer" (Association of German Natural Wine Auctioneers) became the well-known successor institution VDP (Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter). In Germany and Austria the designation "Natur", but also "echt", "rein" and "Gesundheitswein", as well as word combinations with these are not permitted.

The legislator assumes that wine is in principle a natural product and that additional designations such as "nature" and the like are misleading for consumers. In some cases, wines whose vinification was carried out without special cellar techniques and/or means are referred to as "natural wines". However, this has no meaning in wine law and is prohibited on the label and in advertising. The designations Natural Wine, Natural Wine, Natural Wine or Raw Wine are also used for the popular Orange Wine type of wine. However, none of these designations have any meaning in terms of wine law. Purely colloquially, natural wine is sometimes also understood as an organic wine (eco wine) within the framework of organic viticulture with, in contrast, defined wine-law production specifications.

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