Trockenbeerenauslese (“TBA”)

The sixth and final subcategory of prädikatswein is the monstrously named trockenbeerenauslese (/trō-ken-beer-in-oush-lās-ǝ/) (commonly abbreviated as just “TBA”). You’ve got to love the precision of the German language because a word that long can’t have but one meaning! It means extreme wine made from extreme overripe grapes. What other type of wine would be fitting for such a name? TBA wine can only be made from raisined looking grapes affected by botrytis individually picked by hand at a minimum of an astounding 150-154 degrees öchsle. As you would expect, the resulting wine is extremely full bodied and sweet. TBA wine is the most rare type of prädikatswein.