A recent rule adopted by the Rioja Wine Exporters Association, the association in charge of a certain type of wine produced in Spain, sets forth criteria under which a wine product can be given the designation as coming from a single vineyard. The criteria were set forth by Spanish law in 2003. The association did not follow that law, but has been under pressure to do so. This move has been met with general approval.
- The concern is with larger vineyards. There is no size limit to a “single” vineyard in the rules of Rioja.
- Spain is proud of its wine and wants a distance category for its vineyards. Rioja single vineyard is one solution.
- Production will reduce by 20% under the guidelines presented by the Rioja single vineyard classification.
“To use the new Rioja single vineyard classification, producers will have to justify the ‘natural delimitation of the vineyard’ and be entirely hand harvested.”
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