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Proposals to create Sub districts within Penedes DO

  • By Laura Rhys

The Penedes region of Spain is preparing for changes to its appellation system.

A campaign by the producers to demarcate the region into five or six sub-zones, with emphasis on promoting some superior sub-regions within the generic appellation.

There are two chains of mountains and a valley in the middle of Penedès, resulting in different microclimates and varying soil compositions – all these differences make five or six distinct areas which give different wines.’ Vines grow from sea level up to to 800m.

The proposed sub-regions are Penedès–Garraf, Ordal, Alt Penedes, Central Valley A and Central Valley B. A sixth sub-zone is still being decided upon.

A study to establish the boundaries for each sub-zone, is being conducted before submitting proposals to the Penedès Wine Council.this could take two years to implement.



Grand Cru status for Quarts de Chaume

  • By Laura Rhys

Quarts de Chaume is to become the Loire Valley’s first Grand Cru.

The proposal has recently been approved by the INAO.

Also approved was the creation of Coteaux du Layon Premiere Cru Chaume.

The regulations will require Quarts de Chaume to limit yields to 20hl / ha with a minimum potential alcohol level of 18.5%.

Coteaux du Layon Premier Cru Chaume. 25hl/ha with 16.5% potential alcohol.

There will be no chaptalisation permitted for either wine.



New AOC regulations for Beaujolais

  • By Laura Rhys

Although Beaujolais producers have had the right label their wines Bourgogne since 1937, it has been a source of dispute between the two regions.

43 communes have lost the right to call their white wines AOC Bourgogne Blanc and will instead have to label whites AOC Beaujolais Blanc,. (42 communes have retained the right to label their wines AOC Bourgogne Blanc).

INAO based their decisions on which communes should be included on grounds of terroir and longevity.

Beaujolais cru villages have not been affected. Nine of the ten Beaujolais Crus ( except Regnié, because it only became a Cru in 1988) will retain the right to use the label AOC Bourgogne, with the restriction that if the wine contains more than 30% of Gamay, the label must be AOC Bourgogne Gamay (new AOC).

AOC Coteaux Bourguignon.

A new AOC Coteaux Bourguignon, will replace the existing AOC Bourgogne Grande Ordinaire over the next five years. This appellation will be open to both Burgundy and Beaujolais producers.

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