Indication of sweetness in wine

The levels of sugar and acidity have an impact on the wine's sweetness indication.

Sparkling wines

Indication

Sugar content g/l

Brut Nature / Extra brut / Brut (Erittäin kuiva)

0 –12

Extra Sec / Extra Dry / Extra trocken / Extra seco (Kuiva)

12–17

Sec / Dry / Trocken / Secco (Puolikuiva)

17–32

Demi-sec / Halbtrocken / Medium Dry (Puolimakea)

32–50

Sweet / Doux / Dolce, (Makea)

over 50


 
Sweetness indications of sparkling wines

Five different sweetness indication categories are used for customer communications in Alko: Very dry, dry, medium dry, medium sweet and sweet.

Wines

Dry

Wines containing maximum 4 g/l of sugar or maximum 9 g/l of sugar, if the acid content of the wine calculated as tartaric acid is maximum 2 g/l lower than the content of remaining sugar.

Medium dry

Wines that do not correspond to the definition of dry wine but contain no more sugar than 12 g/l, or if the amount of remaining sugar is maximum 18 g/l while the acid content of the wine (in tartaric acid) is maximum 10 g/l lower than the content of remaining sugar.

Medium sweet

Wines containing more sugar than the earlier mentioned wines, yet no more than 45 g/l.

Sweet

Wines containing more than 45 g/l of sugar/l.


Examples of sweetness categories in wines:

– Wine containing 7 g/l of sugar and 6 g/l of acid

dry

–  Wine containing 7 g/l of sugar and 4 g/l of acid

medium dry

– Wine containing 17 g/l of sugar and 8 g/l of acid 8 g/l

medium dry

– Wine containing 17 g/l of sugar and 6 g/l of acid

medium sweet

– Wine containing 20 g/l of sugar

medium sweet

– Wine containing 50 g/l of sugar

sweet

Sweetness indications of wines

Wines are divided into four different categories based on the sweetness: dry, medium dry, medium sweet and sweet.