A wine-like drink within the meaning of the German Federal Law is an alcoholic drink (at least 5% vol. actual alcohol content) which can be enjoyed like wine and is similar to it in its obvious characteristics (such as appearance, taste or smell). According to German food law, these are beverages produced by alcoholic fermentation, but not from grapes, such as fruit wines(cider, perry, currant, etc), honey wine(mead) and rice wine. In Austria, fruit wines are not considered wine-like beverages, but are regulated in the wine law. See also under wine-based drinks and mixed wine drinks as well as special wines (from Alcopopwein to Zwölfapostelwein).
Picture: German fruit wine association