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Wine law term for special wine qualities in Germany and Austria, as well as in France - see under Sélection de grains nobles. See also under Selection.


New quality designation introduced in all wine-growing regions in Germany from the 2001 vintage. The quality concept is supported by the DWV (German Winegrowers' Association), the DWI (German Wine Institute), the regional wine organisations and all supra-regional associations. According to Armin Göring, Managing Director of the DWI at the time, this was intended to be a valuable decision-making aid for wine buyers: The term Selection on the label guarantees wine lovers dry wines of excellent quality from grape varieties typical of the region. This refers to German premium wines, which are the dry equivalent of noble sweet Auslese wines. These are intended to be the top products of a winery from selected vineyards with officially registered parcels. The typical and classic grape varieties of the growing regions have been defined by the federal states.

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