Wine law; application for a quality test for wines
Certain wine products (e.g. quality wines) may only be offered for sale if they have passed the quality test for wines ("Wein-TÜV"). They require an Official Test Number (A.P.No.).
The government of Lower Franconia is responsible for the official testing of all quality and Prädikat wines made from grapes harvested in Bavaria. Around 95% of Bavaria's vineyards are located in Lower Franconia.
Quality wines, Prädikat wines, quality liqueur wines psr. A., quality semi-sparkling wines p. A. and sparkling wines b. A. may only be bottled and marketed after they have successfully passed the legal, chemical and sensory quality tests.
The product must comply with the legal requirements in terms of composition (ingredients), presentation (e.g. Bocksbeutel) and designation (e.g. flavor information) and comply with the prescribed maximum and minimum values (e.g. total sulfur content, must weights). In addition, the product must be free of defects and typical of the origin, grape variety and predicate grade.
The application for an official examination number must be submitted to the Government of Lower Franconia. All wines that are to be marketed as quality wines or Prädikat wines, furthermore all sparkling wines b. A., quality sparkling wines b. A. and quality liqueur wines psr. A. This applies to the products from the growing regions Franconia, as well as Württemberg-area Bayer. Lake Constance.
Applications are to be made exclusively online, with the exception of sparkling wines psr. A., for which application forms in paper form are currently still required (available at the wine inspection office).
In the case of online applications, the data for the official quality inspection for wines is plausibility checked via the Internet and sent to the wine inspection body in encrypted form. This enables a short processing time, as the data can be transferred into the testing procedure at the testing office without having to enter the data again. The winegrowers, on the other hand, receive advance information in electronic form directly after the inspection, which saves time in marketing and sales.
The electronic procedure is as follows:
- Applicants enter their data for the quality inspection via the web-based WeinOnline form and send their data to the wine inspection body.
- The application must be printed out by the applicant and signed in paper form and still submitted with the wines to be tested, since for legal reasons the handwritten signature on the application is required.
- At the wine testing center, the data can be clearly identified and accepted by means of a transaction number.
- Immediately after the issuance of the notice, the applicants usually receive a preliminary information by e-mail to the deposited e-mail address.
Access to the online procedure is available at
Please note: The wine reception takes place exclusively from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:00.
The Official Examination Number (A.P.No.) must have been assigned before the product was placed on the market.
Maximum 3 weeks after receipt of the complete application.
Signed printout of the application sent online
(The signature of the applicant is required for legal reasons)
Examination report from an approved laboratory
(in the case of Prädikat wines, only the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety in Würzburg issues the official test report)
3 sample bottles for quality wines, quality liqueur wines psr, quality semi-sparkling wines psr and sparkling wines psr.
4 sample bottles for Prädikat wines or if an official test report is required (e.g. for sparkling wine psr)
Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.
Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide:
Widerspruch amtliche Prüfungsnummer
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.
WeinOnline - Beantragung einer Qualitätsprüfung
The application for quality inspection can be submitted online to the wine inspection body. The completed form can be saved in PDF format and then printed out. The application must be submitted in paper form with the wines to be tested, as for legal reasons a handwritten signature is required on the application.
- Basic fee: 16 Euro plus
Volume fee: 3 Euro per 1000 liters or part thereof, from 30 001 liters increase fee 1.50 Euro per 1000 liters or part thereof;
- Expenses for the official examination report: 41 Euro
- Expenses for the examination of sparkling wine including the sensory examination: 47 euros plus quantity fee.
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Responsible for editing: Regierung von Unterfranken
- Online transactions, Bavaria-wide
- Online transactions, locally limited
- Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, locally limited
- Fees, Bavaria-wide
- Fees, locally limited