Daily Wine News: Away With Appellations?

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 01-11-2022

Italy’s DOC and DOCG labels. (Pava/Creative Commons)

In Wine-Searcher, James Lawrence ponders whether appellations are now more hindrance than help. “Such rhetoric is catching on, particularly in Spain and the south of France. It is becoming almost de rigueur for trailblazing Spanish winemakers to slag-off their appellations, before inevitably announcing a separation. A group of more than 45 wineries in the Rioja Alavesa sub-region are planning to do just that. Producers in the Languedoc are also increasingly sidelining appellation frameworks in favor of supposedly inferior designations…The democratization of information, coupled with the rise of social media, has given less-affluent brands more options. In the ‘heyday’ of European wine marketing, people lived in an era of top-down information, displaying a level of unwavering trust in what they were told from select critics and the trade. But today, there are simply an awful lot of ways to source and share opinions.”

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