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A wine quality term used in many countries around the world to declare higher quality wines with special requirements such as higher alcohol content or longer maturation time compared to standard quality. However, the terms have different meanings in the individual countries with quite different specifications. Riserva in Italy and Reserva in Spain and Portugal are clearly regulated by wine law. The "Réserve" in France has no legal meaning. In the Anglo-Saxon language area the term is often used in combination with other terms. For example, Estate Reserve, Private Reserve, Reserve Selection, Proprietor's Reserve and Vintner's Reserve.

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