German wine glossary
The empty space above the liquid in a wine bottle (or wine barrel or tank) usually after long storage. Ullage is used as an indicator of how well a cork seals its bottle. It is highly unusual for a wine bottle to retain its fill point without ullage after long storage since all corks tend to allow seepage to greater or lesser extent. In a very old wine, little or no ullage usually indicates that the wine has been stored under optimum conditions. Very large ullage in a bottle of table wine is a sure sign that the wine has been spoiled.
German term for a `site of origin' and the proposed replacement for the Grosslage collective site. The word Ursprungslage should appear on labels of wines from them, and, unlike Grosslage, each Ursprungslage may produce wines only of a particular style, according to officially registered grape variety, acidity, alcoholic strength, and residual sugar. The consumer should therefore have some idea what sort of wine to expect from a bottle carrying the name of a particular Ursprungslage. A quality wine of guaranteed origin, or Ursprungs, may be described as QgU, or a Qualitatswein garantierten Ursprungs. See Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, for example.
Wine villages beginning with
click the village name for a list of its einzellagen (individual vineyards)