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Spanish Wine Laws | Spain Law of Wine

Spanish wine labelWine quality in Spain is now one of the best in the world. Every region and every winery within that region have to go through strict policies provided by the European Union and the Spanish Government. In the past, wine laws in Spain were good, from a regional stand point, now that most wines are being exported out of the country, every wine bottle must contain the quality of the wine (see below) and the aging terms (see below). When you are shopping for a Spanish bottle, the chart below can let you know what you are investing your money on and what to expect, quality wise.

Here is a list of the "Law of Wine Quality" that you will find on a Spanish wine bottle:

Vino de Mesa: The lowest quality wine
Vino de la Tierra: Better quality but with few requirements of grape varieties, yields, site or aging
Vino de Calidad Producido en Región Determinada: Great quality wine and is usually issued to wineries producing better quality wines than the previous to help them move up to D.O.
D.O. These wines are of high quality that require better barrels, aging requirements, yields and vineyards.
D.O.C. This is the top tier of Spanish wine, only the best barrels, low yields, and designated vineyards.

Here is a list of the Aging Terms:

Joven: A wine with little or no barrel aging
Crianza: Aged a minimum of two years with one year in barrel
Reserva: Aged thee years with one year in barrel
Gran Reserva: Aged at least 5 years with two years in barrel

Currently there are (3) regions that are classified as D.O.C. RIOJA, PRIORAT and RIBERA DEL DUERO. Out of the 70+ quality-approved wine regions in Spain, at least 2/3 of them are classified as D.O., so when you are shopping for Spanish wine, you pretty much know you are going to be getting a high quality bottle of wine, plus Spaniards are very proud of their wine, and work harder than anyone can imagine to put the very best taste and quality into every bottle, vintage after vintage.











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