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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Keller is German for a cellar, even a small domestic cellar, while Kellerei is used in much the same way as the word cave in French, for any sort of wine-producing premises whether above or below ground. A German wine specifying a Keller rather than a weingut on the label is usually the produce of a merchant rather than an estate. In alto adige, the Italian Tyrol, Kellereigenossenschaft is a common name for one of the many wine co-operatives. Kellermeister is German for cellarmaster, a position very similar to maître de chai in France.