Designation for a wine whose alcoholic strength by volume results solely from alcoholic fermentation, as opposed to fortified wine. Table wine is or was also a designation for the lowest wine quality level. In many countries, however, there is a somewhat confusing overlap of terms with the term table wine (which has been banned within the EU since 2009). For although the Italian Vino da tavola, the Spanish Vino de mesa, the Portuguese Vinho de mesa and the French Vin de table literally mean "table wine", these wines are called table wines (in German, table and table have similar meanings in connection with food). See also under quality system.
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