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Quality Wines Produce in Specified Regions Vinos de Pago (Estate Wines): Top ranking wines with acknowledged prestige made from grapes grown under distinctive climatic and soil conditions found in specific sites.
Deminacion de Origen Calificada, DOCa (Qualified Denomination of Origin, QDO): Long established regions that have continiously achieved high levels of quality, and which wines are produced under the strict regulations of its regional authority (Consejo Regulador).
Denominacion de Origen, DO (Denomination of Origin, D.O.): Prestigious production regions where wines are produced under the strict regulations of its regional authority (Consejo Regulador)
Vinos de calidad con indicacion geografica (Quality Wines with a Geographical Indication): Wines made in a certain regions using grapes grown in the same region whose quality, reputation or characteristics are due to the region. The production is not as strictly regulated as with the wines above. This wines are identifiable by the labels with the phrase 'vino de calidad...' (quality wine from...) followed by the name of the region where they are produced.
Vino de la Tierra, VT (Country wines, CW): Wines from specific areas made with distinguishable local characteristics. The viniculture standards are not as demanding as those governing 'Quality Wines with a Geographical Indication'.
Vinos de Mesa (Table Wines): The lowest ranking wines of the wine classification system. Which does not mean quality wines cannot be produce under this classification, as proved in recent years.Classification by Ageing Characteristics Vino Joven (Young Wine): Wines put on the market immediately for sale, not undergoing barrel ageing, or a shorter period than that legally established for Crianza wines.
Vino de Crianza (Crianza Wine): Red wines aged for a minimum of 2 years, of which 6 months are spent in oak containers. Whites and rose wines aged for at least 18 months.
Reserva: Red wines aged for a minumum of 3 years, including at least 1 year in wood barrels. White and rose wines aged for 18 months including 6 months on wood.
Gran Reserva: Red wines aged for a minimum of 5 years, including at least 18 months in oak. White and rose wines aged for 4 years including 6 months on wood. Sparkling wines within the Cava D.O. which have undergone ageing for at least 30 months.
Vino Noble (Quality wine): Wines with a minimum ageing period totalling 18 months, either oak or bottle.
Vino Anejo (Aged wine): Wines with a minimum ageing period totalling 24 months, either oak or bottle.
Vino Viejo (Old wine): Wines with a minimum ageing period of 36 months.
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