Additional designation for "better or outstanding wine qualities" in Portugal and Spain with higher production specifications, reserved for the highest quality level (DO, DOC or DOCa).
Here, this refers to a wine with defined higher requirements in terms of vinification, alcohol content and ageing (length of ageing in barrel and bottle) than normal bottlings. The regulations mainly apply to red wines; for white and rosé wines, the...
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