Wine legislation; request for derogation

In the case of products covered by wine legislation which do not comply with minimum or maximum levels or designation requirements, a derogation may be requested in certain cases.


Wine products such as (plain) wine, local wine, quality wine, predicate wine, liqueur wine, semi-sparkling wine and sparkling wine must comply with certain minimum analytical values (e.g. total alcoholic strength) or maximum values (e.g. total sulphurous acid). 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 of the Ordinance on the Control of Wines (WeinÜV), insofar as regulations are deviated from which primarily serve the protection of health and deception, and no case of a) applies


The deviation from the applicable rules must be minor and the composition of the product must not pose a health risk. In addition, there must be a particular undue hardship.


An informal application must be made to the relevant government.

Special notes

An application for a derogation may be submitted and decided together with an application for an 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 500.
    In addition, there are the expenses for any necessary examinations by the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety.


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Status: 13.09.2021

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