Apply for new vineyards for wine

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If you are involved in viticulture, new vineyards usually have to be approved. To do this, you must submit an application to the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE).

Before submitting the application, you must check whether you are allowed to grow grapes on the area or whether there are other legal restrictions, for example due to nature conservation.

Depending on the federal state, it is possible that the acreage for new plantings is restricted in certain areas. In this case, steep slopes (slope gradient of 15 percent or more) are preferred for approval. For this purpose, you must submit a certificate from the responsible state authority.

Further proof may be required if vineyards are eligible for land or quality wine with designation of origin (protected designation of origin, PDO, or protected geographical indication, PGI).

Note that if you are approved, you must plant the vineyards within three years. If you do not plant or plant incompletely, the competent state authority may impose a fine of up to EUR 20,000 per hectare.

In some cases, you do not need permission for new plantings. This only applies under certain conditions, for example if you grow house wine as a hobby.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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