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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 a higher alcohol content or longer ageing period, compared to standard quality. However, the terms sometimes have different meanings in the individual countries with very different specifications.

Riserva is clearly regulated by wine law in Italy and Reserva in Spain and Portugal. Réserve" in France has no legal meaning in wine law. In the English-speaking world, the term is often used in combination with other terms. These are, for example, Estate Reserve, Private Reserve, Reserve Selection, Proprietor's Reserve and Vintner's Reserve.

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