Classification of Spanish quality wines
DOCa Denominación de Origen Calificada
This category originated in 1991 and is the highest quality
category for Spanish wine. Only Rioja and recently also
the Priorat wine region received DOCa status. The wines
must be bottled in the wine region.
DO Denominación de Origen
The second category for Spanish wine is DO, similar to the
French AOC, which includes the most well-known classical
Spanish wines. The wines have to meet the requirements of
the Consejo Regulador (Supervision of the individual wine
regions), who then decides if a wine-maker is entitled to
use the DO label for his wine.
Stays for a single property. The wine is made in one property
in one small area.
Classification of table wines
VdlT Vino de la Tierra
Wines from regions with no DO status as yet, but with an
identifiable regional character.
VC Vino Comarcal
Areas that have no great claims on quality.
VdM Vino de Mesa
Vino de Mesa is wine made from grapes from unclassified
areas or blended from different classified areas. Usually
Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva
Total stored 24 months, al least 6 months
Total stored 36 months, al least 12 months in oak
Total stored 60 months, al least 24 months in oak
Facts and figures
and figures about Spanish wines and wine regions