You are using an old browser that may not function as expected.
For a better, safer browsing experience, please upgrade your browser.

Log in Become a Member


Designation for a wine from the German wine-growing region of Saxony with a pale to light red colour. The Richter Vincenz winery in Meißen (Saxony) had this designation protected as a brand name. In the meantime, however, it can be used in the Saxony wine-growing region. The Saxon pronunciation for "pupil" is thought to be the origin, as they could only afford this inexpensive wine as a "Zechwein", as opposed to the "Prädikat" wines of the wealthy (the "gentlemen"). A second interpretation refers to the fact that the wine "shimmers" in the glass. The wine must be produced from a grape or mash mixture of freely usable red and white varieties from the Saxony growing region.

Voices of our members

Dr. Christa Hanten

For my many years of work as an editor with a wine and culinary focus, I always like to inform myself about special questions at Wine lexicon. Spontaneous reading and following links often leads to exciting discoveries in the wide world of wine.

Dr. Christa Hanten
Fachjournalistin, Lektorin und Verkosterin, Wien

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

26,410 Keywords · 47,047 Synonyms · 5,323 Translations · 31,744 Pronunciations · 205,992 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon