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With the exception of Baden and Wurttemberg, almost all the best wines are produced by private estates or by properties owned by a Federal State - such as Rheinland Pfalz, Hessen, or Bayern - or perhaps by a town. The cooperative cellars receive grapes (but not must or wine) from their members and handle over a third of the German grape harvest. In Baden and Wurttemberg they cover the whole range of available wine. Elsewhere the quality and style of cooperative wine varies according to the marketing aims of the individual cellar. The increasing tendency is for cooperative cellars to produce better and therefore more expensive wine, which they sell in bottle as "Erzeugerabfullung", or "producer-bottled".

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