Abbreviation for "quality wine (or quality sparkling wine) produced in specified regions" for a controlled origin wine or sparkling wine of the highest quality. The EU wine market regulation in force since 2009 has introduced new quality levels and wine designations (see Quality System). However, the traditional designation QbA is still permitted in Germany and South Tyrol. However, more and more people are refraining from using it, and even in German wine law it is only referred to as quality wine or quality sparkling wine. In Austria, on the other hand, QbA has never been in use.