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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Denominación de Origen Calificada, is the highest Spanish wine quality denomination, the elite of do/dop, reserved for regions complying with certain conditions including above-average grape prices, and particularly stringent quality controls. rioja was the first Spanish region to be awarded DOCa status, in 1991, followed by priorat in 2002.