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The new German wine law is supposed to create more clarity with the introduction of the Romanesque model of origin. But this means that single vineyards differ in up to three quality levels - even if they come from the same vineyard. Nadine Liesching, a lawyer specialising in wine law, explains what is in store for producers, traders and wine lovers.

In order to strengthen German winegrowers in international trade, the German legislator has adapted the labelling rules to the Romanesque model of origin after years of discussion in the German Winegrowers' Association. The newly regulated conditions for the use of indications of origin are now uniformly anchored from the 2026 harvest year and linked to the quality promise "the smaller the geographical indication, the higher the quality".