Wine law; application for a special permit

In the case of wine law products that do not comply with prescribed minimum or maximum values or designation requirements, an exemption may be requested in certain cases.


Certain minimum analytical values (e.g. total alcohol content) or maximum values (e.g. total sulfurous acid) must be observed for wine products such as (plain) wine, country wine, quality wine, predicate wine, liqueur wine, sparkling wine and sparkling wine. In practice, these values may not be met or may be exceeded. Errors or deviations may also occur in designation or cellar handling, which may be sanctioned (permitted) in exceptional cases.

Competent authorities:

a) Government of Lower Franconia for exceptional approvals according to § 2 WeinÜV in procedures according to § 19 para. 1 and § 20 para. 1 WeinG (= quality inspection for wines)

b) all governments for exemptions according to § 2 WeinÜV, provided that regulations are deviated from which primarily serve the protection of health and deception and no case of a) exists


The deviation from the applicable regulations must be minor and the composition of the product must be harmless to health. In addition, there must be a particular undue hardship.


An informal application must be made to the appropriate government.

Special notes

Application for exemption can be made and decided together with application for official test number.




Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Formloser Antrag (mit Unterschrift)
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    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

    Dieser Assistent unterstützt Sie bei der Erstellung eines formlosen Schreibens, wenn die zuständige Stelle kein Antragsformular zur Verfügung stellt.


  • Depending on the quantity of wine affected and the severity of the deviation, from EUR 25 to EUR 500.
    In addition, there are the expenses for any necessary investigations by the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety.


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Status: 15.09.2022

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