A wine-like beverage in the sense of the German federal law is a beverage containing alcohol (at least 5% vol. existing alcohol content), which can be enjoyed like wine and is similar to it in terms of sensuous 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 (apple wine, pear wine, currant wine etc), honey wine (mead) and rice wine. In Austria, fruit wines do not count as wine-like beverages, but are regulated by the Wine Act. See also under wine-based be verages and mixed wine beverages as well as special wines (from alcopop wine to Zwölfapostelwein).
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