|1| The name and address of the wine estate (Weingut).
|2| The vintage – the year in which the grapes were harvested.
|3| The grape variety.
|4| The quality level of the wine, indicating the ripeness of the grapes at harvest.
|5| The style of the wine. Here, a dry (trocken) wine. Feinherb indicates an off-dry wine. Wines labeled CLASSIC or SELECTION are dry varietals. If none of these terms is on the label, expect a wine with some residual sweetness.
|6| The specifi ed region – in Germany, there are 13 wine-growing regions.
|8| The quality control number, indicating the wine has passed the chemical and sensory tests required of all German quality wines.
Wich Qualetys you can find from König Johann in your Market:
Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete (QbA), or quality wine from a specific region. This is wine from one of the 13 wine-growing regions (and the region must be shown on the label. It is a basic level of everyday, mostly inexpensive quaffing wines.
Classic: Introduced with the 2000 vintage, Classic is in principle a dry or slightly off-dry QbA that conforms to slightly higher standards intended to make it food-friendly. It must be made from varieties considered classical in its region.
Prädikatswein, renamed from Qualitätswein mit Prädikat (QmP) (superior quality wine) in August 2007 Translated as "quality wine with specific attributes", this is the top level of German wines.
The different Prädikat (superior quality wine) designations used are as followed, in order of increasing sugar levels in the must:
Kabinett - literally "cabinet", meaning wine of reserve quality to be kept in the vintner's cabinet fully ripened light wines from the main harvest, typically semi-sweet with crisp acidity, but can be dry if designated so.
Spätlese - meaning "late harvest" typically half-dry, often (but not always) sweeter and fruitier than Kabinett. The grapes are picked at least 7 days after normal harvest, so they are riper. While waiting to pick the grapes carries a risk of the crop being ruined by rain, in warm years and from good sites much of the harvest can reach Spätlese level. Spätlese can be a relatively full-bodied dry wine if designated so. While Spätlese means late harvest the wine is not as sweet as a dessert wine, as the "late harvest" term is often used in US wines.