German Ribbon of Quality for Wine

German Ribbon of Quality for Wine

Governing Organization

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by non-verified bodies

Sectors Covered

Food, Beverage and Agriculture

Issues Covered

Food Safety, Organic, Quality


The DLG quality label German Ribbon of Quality for Wine (Deutsches Güteband Wein) sets quality standards for wine that are more demanding than the statutory requirements. In addition to high sensory demands made of the wine, the label also covers requirements regarding wine growing and further processing of the wine. Wine growing must be pursued in the most environmentally sound manner, for instance with restricted use of pesticides, herbicides, or fertilisers. The idea behind this is to preserve the vineyard habitat in the long-term. As a marketing label, the Ribbon of Quality for Wine also aims to promote good wine quality and sales.  Test officers of the German Agricultural Society (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft, DLG) monitor the wine at all stages of the process chain, from cultivation, through processing, right up to sales. The publication of the test criteria and the award procedure make the background to the label transparent. The German Ribbon of Quality for Wine offers consumers good orientation in selecting high quality wines that are cultivated in environmentally sound conditions.

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