VDP.ORTSWEINE, or village wines, originate from a village's good, traditional vineyards that are planted with grape varieties typical of their region.
Often, the labels of these “terroir wines” indicate the particular soils in and/or around the village in which the grapes were grown.
At least 80% of the estate’s vineyards are planted with traditional grape varieties typical of their region.
Reduced yields of 75/hl/ha*
A dry VDP.ORTSWEIN is labeled Qualitätswein trocken and does not bear a Prädikat.** Village wines with residual sweetness are labeled with one of the traditional Prädikats (Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein or Trockenbeerenauslese), provided they qualify for a specific Prädikat.
The name of the village is the appellation of origin of a VDP.ORTSWEIN. It is indicated on the label along with the name of the wine estate and the grape variety. The use of the designation VDP.ORTSWEIN on the label or capsule is optional.
VDP.ORTSWEINE make their market debut on 1 March of the year after which the grapes were harvested, thereby providing the wines with a minimum aging period prior to release.
* We work in and with nature and are often left captive to the whims of the weather. For this reason, we do upon occasion allow vintage-specific regional exceptions to our statutes if the conditions demand it. Among the factors taken into account are the steepness of the vineyards and the number of planted vines.
** There is a grace period to enable growers who produce dry and off-dry (halbtrocken, feinherb) Kabinett wines to continue to lable their wines as such while they adjust their portfolios to portfolios to comply with the regulation above.