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 or Prädikat wines are tested, 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