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Guarantee labels

Young wines:

Wines in their first or second year, which keep their primary freshness and fruitiness.

Crianza wines:

Wines which are at least in their third year, having spent a minimum of one year in casks and a few months in the bottle. For white wines, the minimum cask ageing period is 6 months.

Reserva wines:

Selected wines of the best vintages with an excellent potential that have been aged for a minimum of 3 years, with at least one year in casks. For white wines, the minimum ageing period is 2 years, with at least 6 months in casks.

Gran Reserva wines:

Selected wines from exceptional vintages which have spent at least 2 years in oak casks and 3 years in the bottle. For white wines, the minimum ageing period is 4 years, with at least one year in casks.

Inimitable back labels: new guarantees for consumers.

The Control Board de the D.O.Ca. Rioja has implemented a new security system, a first in the world of wine, in order to guarantee the authenticity of Rioja wine back labels and seals. This system involves a device called "Rioja Trustseal" which is manufactured with diffractive optical technology. It consists of a small (7x22 mm) metallic-looking strip depicting parts of the logo and the word "Rioja". Its exclusive design, glossy sheen, sharply-defined edges and optical effects will enable consumers to identify the label as genuine, even under poor lighting conditions. The system, which is widely used on European banknotes, has been developed by a world leader in security systems. It will make Rioja back labels and seals virtually impossible to forge.

The first back labels and seals to include the Rioja Trustseal are the young wines from the 2000 vintage, the 1998 Crianzas, the 1997 Reservas and the 1995 Gran Reservas. The old back labels and seals will still continue on the market for vintages prior to those mentioned above for each category.

Rioja pioneered the seal of guarantee of origin in 1926 and brought out the first ageing-specific back labels in 1974. With this new "guarantee of authenticity", Rioja provides yet another guarantee for consumers worldwide, together with those of quality, origin, vintage and ageing category, which are reflected on each back label and seal.