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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Italian word for a consortium or association, of wine-growers, négociants, and co-operatives representing the interests of a single wine region or DOC/DOCG. However, since the 2008 reforms of the eu wine market, the Consorzio role has changed drastically. quality control, which used to be the Consorzio’s concern, is now in the hands of a neutral third party and Consorzios are now concerned more with promotion and marketing, while several have added to this the ambitious task of routing counterfeit wines in the international market. If at least 60% of production is controlled by Consorzio members, a mandatory levy can be imposed on any producer wishing to use the relevant DOC or DOCG name on labels, regardless of whether they are a member or not. Its counterpart in France is the comité interprofessionnel; in Spain the consejo regulador.