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Vino de Pago

Designation for a new wine quality level introduced in Spain in 2003 for privileged , origin-protected wine-growing areas. It was adopted by the Cortes Generales, the Spanish parliament, in order to improve the quality endeavours of Spanish viticulture. The quality requirements correspond at least to those of DOCa wines and form the top of the Spanish quality pyramid in viticulture. This corresponds roughly to the French term Grand Cru. Wines labelled as Vinos de Pago may not carry any other quality designation or indication of origin. Individual wineries can obtain this status under certain conditions.

This regulation has been particularly adopted in the Castilla-La Mancha region, where most areas are located. However, the level is not used in all regions. The Rioja region, for example, sees no need to create an even higher or additional quality level due to its own endeavours to achieve high quality standards.

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