The definition of quality in wine in Austria (and other countries for that matter) generally means that the minimum legal requirements for quality wine (‘Qualitätswein’ in Austria) are more than fulfilled.

There are also a whole range of official and unofficial parameters and descriptions that attempt to simplify the subjective perception of quality, yet in cases, even the most astute consumers appear confused. In Austria, the DAC designation aims to ease the identification of regionally typical Qualitätswein.