Saxon country wine

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Sächsischer Landwein (Saxon country wine ) is one of the German country wines, which represent an upscale level of “German wine” without a designation of origin and are characterized by “character typical of the region and rural naming”.[1] The designation of origin is a protected geographical indication.

The area of origin of ‘ Sächsischer Landwein ‘ is mainly defined in the territory of the Free State of Saxony, but the protected geographical indication also includes raised vineyards in neighbouring Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt, which cooperate closely with Saxon winegrowers and processors from the Saxon core area. These are “the vineyards of the municipality of Schlieben in the Elbe-Elster district of Brandenburg and the parcels 3, 4, 6 of the Jessen district, parcels 1 and 8 of the Kleindröben district and parcel 2 of the Schweinitz district in the Wittenberg district of Saxony-Anhalt.” All three parcels belong to the town of Jessen.

The authorised wine grape varieties are:

  • White wine varieties: Bacchus, Gelber Muskateller, Roter Muskateller, Goldriesling, Grüner Silvaner, Grüner Veltliner, Helios, Hibernal, Huxelrebe, Johanniter, Kanzler, Kerner, Kernling, Merzling, Morio Muskat, Müller-Thurgau, Orion, Perle von Zala, Phoenix, Rieslaner, Ruländer, Saphira, Scheurebe, Siegerrebe, Sirius, Solaris, Weißer Burgunder, Weißer Elbling, Weißer Gutedel, Weißer Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Roter Traminer, Roter Elbling and Auxerrois
  • Red and rosé wine varieties: Acolon, Andre, Blauer Frühburgunder, Blauer Limberger, Blauer Portugieser, Blauer Spätburgunder, Blauer Trollinger, Blauer Zweigelt, Cabernet Cortis, Cabernet Dorsa, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Mitos, Cabernet Dorio, Cabernet Carbon, Dakapo, Domina, Dornfelder, Dunkelfelder, Monarch, Müllerrebe, Regent and Saint Laurent

The maximum yield per hectare for ‘ Sächsischer Landwein ‘ is set at 80 hl/ha. It must be made from at least 85 % of grapes from authorised vineyards, while the remaining grapes must come from Germany. The residual sugar content must correspond to that of a dry or semi-dry wine.


  • “Sächsischer Landwein” means country wine. Product specification for a protected geographical indication. Status: 8 December 2011(online version (pdf)).

Individual references

  1. Grades.Deutsches Weininstitut, retrieved on 24 September 2014.