Today we want to show you the differences between Denomination of Origin (D.O.) and Qualified Denomination of Origin (D.O.Ca.), both guarantee that a wine is certified by a Regulatory Council and haves high levels of quality. Denomination of Origin (D.O.) is the name of a region that has been administratively recognized to designate wines that meet certain conditions. A wine with this distinction has to meet several requirements:
- Must passed, at least, five years since wine was recognized as a product of that area.
- The grapes for make the wine can only come from the geographical area of the Denomination of Origin.
- Its characteristics and quality must be special and specific to the area, it includes natural and human factors
- They must have high prestige in commercial traffic due to their origin
To get a Qualified Designation of Origin (D.O.Ca.), the requirements are much more demanding. It is reserved for that wine that has reached high levels of quality. The following requirements are required to achieve this certification:
- Need ten years since the wine was recognized as DO.
- All the wine produced must be sold bottled from registered wineries located in the defined geographical area.
- The wine has to go through a control system from its production to the subsequent commercialization regarding quality and quantity, which includes a physical-chemical and organoleptic control by homogeneous batches of limited volume.
- There must be a cartographic delimitation by municipalities of the land suitable for making the wines entitled to the D.O.Ca