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Wine Terminology

Glossary terms

QbA (Qualittswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete)

Basic level of German quality wine.

The wine must come from one of the Anbaugebiete areas, be made from permitted grape varieties, and minimum must weights are laid down. That said, it is not a great guarantee of quality.

QmP (Qualittswein mit Pradikat)

Higher level of German quality wine.

Within this category, wines are classified in ascending order according to the must weight achieved: Kabinett, Sptlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, and Trockenbeerenauslese. The sweetness varies considerably within each category and Auslese, for example, can range from bone dry through to lusciously sweet.

Qualittswein (Ger.)

Quality wine.

See 'QbA', 'QmP'.

Quinta (Por.)

Wine estate.



Unit of weight

equal to 100kg.


Quality wine produced in a specified region.

The generic EU term for quality wines such as the French AC, the Italian DOC/G, the Spanish DO/DOCa, and the German QbA/QmP.

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