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Big Names Question Validity of Rioja DOC

Prominent Rioja bodegas admit that the region's appellation system needs more emphasis on terroir, as Artadi quits the DOC.

Rioja bodega Artadi's controversial decision to leave the Rioja DOC has been cautiously applauded by some fellow producers.

From the 2014 vintage all Artadi wines, including the celebrated Viña el Pisón, one of Spain's most expensive wines, will be labeled simply as Vino de Mesa, and will not carry the Rioja name or official back label stamp.

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By Adam Lechmere | Posted Friday, 27-Feb-2015