DO, DOQa, DOCa, VdIT. If you’ve ever picked up a bottle of Spanish wine, you’ve probably noticed some of those letters gracing the label. So what exactly do these things mean? And does it really matter?
Spanish wine laws require that designations are specified for various wine-producing regions. So who exactly is enforcing these DO regulations? There is a governing body, the Consejo Regulador, that is responsible for classifying and regulating the standards for winemaking. Regulations cover all aspects of the winemaking process, including, but not limited to the amount of time aged in the barrel and the types of grapes used. DOCa/DOQa is the highest “grade” that can be assigned to a wine – Rioja and Priorat are the only two regions that currently hold this prestigious designation.
Is the designation of wine important to you when it comes to purchasing or consuming? Is there a wine producing region that you are most partial to? Leave me a comment and let me know!
My next post will help you understand Crianza from Vino Joven…stay tuned.